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FR 4066

Course Co-ordinator: Dr B. Tribout

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 4 with a knowledge of French.

Note(s): This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR3066 (New Wave Paris A). It will be available in 2012/13 and in alternate sessions thereafter.

Through a detailed analysis of a number of seminal films, the course explores the ways in which the city of Paris has been a source of inspiration for a number of French film directors who contributed to the transformation of urban culture in the 1960s. The course provides an introduction to the cinematic construction of urban space and to the myth of Paris as a modern city, and concentrates on la nouvelle vague, through a study of a number of its most influential directors. (Films covered may vary from year to year, but might include examples such as Les quatre cents coups, dir. Francois Truffaut, 1959; Zazie dans le metro, dir. Louis Malle, 1960; Le Signe du Lion, dir. Eric Rohmer, 1962; Cleo de 5 a 7, dir. Agnes Varda, 1962; Paris nous appartient, dir. Jacques Rivette, 1961; Bande a part, dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1964; Le joli mai, dir. Chris Marker, 1963; Critique de la separation, dir. Guy Debord, 1961.) In addition, students will extend their understanding of the subject by means of independent research, setting the topics treated in their wider context and synthesizing material from a range of sources.

1 two-hour seminar per week; film showings as necessary.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: two written assignments 2000 to 2400 words (50% each)