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FR4093: FRENCH CINEMA B (2017-2018)

Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 18:08

Course Overview

An introductory overview of the history of the French cinema will be followed by detailed study of a number of films, from the 1930s up to the 2000s. The course involves lectures and discussion-led seminars.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Manon Mathias
  • Dr Bruno Tribout

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either FR2502 Advanced French Language 2 (Passed) or FR2512 Advanced Introductory French Language 2 (Passed)
  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either FR2002 Advanced French Language 1 (Passed) or FR2012 Advanced Introductory French Language 1 (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FR3093 French Cinema A (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

An introductory overview of the history of the French cinema will be followed by detailed study of a number of films. The introduction will look at the status of film in France and the position of the French cinema in relation to that of the rest of Europe and Hollywood. It will study the cinema's response to and reflection of the major historical events of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The detailed study will be organised chronologically, from the 1930s up to the 2000s, but will concentrate on the aesthetic and formal aspects of the films to be studied. These will change from year to year, but might include films by, for example, Carné, Renoir, Truffaut, Resnais, Malle and Buñuel. Students will extend their understanding of the subject by means of independent research, setting the topics studied in their wider context and synthesizing material from a range of sources.

Notes: Available only to students in Programme Year 4 with a reading knowledge of French. This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with French Cinema A. It will be available in 2017/18 and in alternate sessions thereafter.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One written assignment, 3500 words (100%) 

Formative Assessment

The first written assignment has a formative as well as a summative role.


The above assignments receive CGS marks, which the Course Guide links to specific marking criteria, and written or verbal feedback in the form of tutors' comments is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is offered in tutorials. Tutors have office hours at which further feedback may be sought.

Course Learning Outcomes


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