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FR 4570

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M. Jubb

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 FR 3570 (French Cinema A). It will be available in 2012/13 and in alternate sessions thereafter.

An introductory overview of the history of the French cinema will be followed by detailed study of a number of films. The introduction will stress the particular status of film as a serious art form 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 century in France. The detailed study will be organised chronologically, from the 1930s up to the 1990s, but will concentrate on the aesthetic and formal aspects of the films to be studied. 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.

2 one-hour seminars per week; film showings as necessary.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: two written assignments 2,000 to 2,400 words (50% each).