La France et son Cinéma

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    La France et son Cinéma

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Film Studies, French, French Culture

  • Language Level

    High Intermediate

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the history and scope of French cinema
    from its invention to the present time through the analysis of key works of the French film canon.
    Particular attention will be paid to successive period styles as well as to various genres. A variety of
    critical lenses will be used (psychoanalysis, socio-historical and cultural context, politics,
    aesthetics, gender…) in an effort to better understand the specificities and complexities of these
    films. This course will help students enhance their analytical skills through the in-depth study of
    key scenes. They will learn to decipher the formal techniques specific to the film medium and be
    able to understand their pertinence in different contexts. Finally, they will improve their ability to
    work in groups and speak in public in a foreign language. 

    1: Introduction au cours “La France et son cinéma”
    - Introduction historique sur le cinéma muet
    - Présentation de clips (Frères Lumière, Méliès)
    - Vocabulaire
    2: Renoir – La Grande illusion (1937)
    - Mini-quiz
    - Présentation sur le cinéma d’avant-guerre, sur Jean Renoir et son œuvre
    - Discussion de La Grande Illusion
    - Analyse de clips
    3: Clouzot – L’Assassin habite au 21 (1942)
    - Mini-quiz
    - Présentation sur le cinéma sous l’Occupation, et d’Henri-Georges Clouzot et son œuvre
    - Discussion de L’Assassin habite au 21
    - Analyse de clips
    4: Bresson – Un condamné à mort s’est échappé (1956)
    - Mini-quiz
    - Présentation sur Robert Bresson et son œuvre
    - Discussion d’Un condamné à mort s’est échappé
    - Analyse de clips
    5: Godard – À bout de souffle (1960)
    - Mini-quiz
    - Présentation sur la Nouvelle Vague et sur Jean-Luc Godard et son œuvre
    - Discussion d’À bout de souffle
    - Analyse de clips
    6: Truffaut – Jules et Jim (1962)
    - Mini-quiz
    - Présentation sur François Truffaut et son œuvre
    - Discussion de Jules et Jim
    - Analyse de clips
    7: Demy – Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964)
    - Mini-quiz
    - Présentation sur Jacques Demy et son œuvre
    - Discussion des Parapluies de Cherbourg
    - Analyse de clips
    8: Pialat – La Gueule ouverte (1974)
    - Mini-quiz
    - Présentation sur Maurice Pialat et son œuvre
    - Discussion de La Gueule ouverte
    - Analyse de clips
    9: Varda – Sans toit ni loi (1985)
    - Mini-quiz
    - Présentation sur Agnès Varda et son œuvre 
    - Discussion de Sans toit ni loi
    - Analyse de clips
    10: Rappeneau – Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
    - Mini-quiz
    - Présentation sur Jean-Paul Rappeneau et son œuvre
    - Discussion de Cyrano de Bergerac
    - Analyse de clips
    11: Audiard – De battre mon cœur s’est arrêté (2005)
    - Mini-quiz
    - Présentation sur Jacques Audiard et son œuvre
    - Discussion de De battre mon cœur s’est arrêté
    - Analyse de clips
    12: Sciamma – Tomboy (2011)
    - Mini-quiz
    - Présentation sur Céline Sciamma et son œuvre
    - Discussion de Tomboy
    - Analyse de clips
    13: Examen
    - Test de connaissances (PowerPoints, discussions en classe)
    - Analyse de clips
    Learning Outcomes:
    By the end of the course, the students should
    - be conversant with the works of some of the most prominent French directors
    - understand the conditions of production and reception that characterize the era during which
    those films were made
    - demonstrate awareness of the most important theoretical and technical concepts that inform
    the field of cinema studies
    - be able to analyze a scene 

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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