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French 170: French Films — Introduction to French Cinema


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Course Description:

An introduction to the language of film analysis. We will examine how image, sound, and editing work together to produce narrative and non-narrative meanings in a range of film styles. We will consider examples from the history of French cinema, encountering some of its major movements, from poetic realism to the Nouvelle Vague. Accompanying this study of film form and history, we will read works of French film theory which ask, for example, how film relates to the novel and to still photography, and how it produces meanings around gender, class, and race. This course is a prerequisite for French 177 and 178, though students who have taken French 177 or 178 may take  this course.


French 102 or consent of instructor. Film Studies students should consult the instructor about French language preparation and prerequisites.

Additional information: 

Weekly film screening (required): Tuesdays, 5-7 pm. Satisfies one “Culture” or one “Elective” course requirement in the French Major.   Satisfies College of Letters and Science breadth in Arts and Literature.  Priority enrollment for declared French majors.


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