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La poétique de la durée s'efforce d'apaiser l'hier fiévreux, de tramer ce lointain devenir.

—Glissant

French 24: Freshman Seminar — Surfing the French New Wave

Readings/Films:

Films discussed include works by Godard, Truffaut, Varda, Rohmer, and Resnais, just to name a few.

Course Description:

The French New Wave is perhaps the most emblematic moment in modern cinema, one that continues to inspire filmmakers from Los Angeles to Teheran to Hong Kong. This seminar will give students the opportunity to explore a dozen or so movies from this extraordinary flowering of filmmaking talent in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Films discussed include works by Godard, Truffaut, Varda, Rohmer, and Resnais, just to name a few. We will also be reading some important short essays from the period that will help bring the films’ preoccupations into focus.

Students will be able to stream subtitled versions of the films on their own schedules. No knowledge of French is expected. 

Additional Information:

Course taught in ENGLISH. Students will be able to stream subtitled versions of the films on their own schedules. No knowledge of French is expected.  Priority enrollment for Freshmen.

Section times and locations in the Schedule of Classes