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The French Film
Fall 2013
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Date Topic/Screening Readings
8/22 Introduction to Course
Day for Night (Truffaut, 1973) Click for illustrationsClick for illustrationsClick for illustrationsClick for illustrations
 
8/27 Film Analysis: Narrative Structure Screenpedia Butler, ch. 2 (21-32); ch. 3 (55-79)
8/29 Film Analysis: Mise-en-Scene illustration icon Screenpedia
My Other Husband (Lautner, 1983)
(French title: Attention! Une femme peut en cacher une autre; literally, "Watch out! A wife/woman can conceal an other [woman]")
Butler, ch. 7examples Click for illustrations
9/3 Film Analysis: Cinematographic Propertiesillustration icon Screenpedia Butler, ch. 8examples
9/5 Film Analysis: Editing & Soundillustration icon illustration icon Screenpedia Screenpedia
Early French Cinemaillustration icon illustration icon
Lumière Brothers Shorts
The Mysterious Retort and The Eclipse (Méliès, 1907) Illustrations icon
Troubles of a Grass Widower (Linder, 1908)
Le Million (Clair, 1931)Click for illustrations
(Rosh Hashanah)
Butler, chs. 9 (293-313), 10 examples
9/10 Analytical Exercise Due Screenpedia
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9/12 The Avant-Garde: Dada & Surrealism Click here for illustrations
Entr'acte (Clair, 1924; Gorgas VCR 84-27) Click here for illustrations UbuWeb resource
Un Chien Andalou (Buñuel/Dalí, 1928)Click here for illustrations
Zero for Conduct (Vigo, 1933) Internet Archive
Recommended Screening
 
9/17 Discussion Screenpedia Hughes, 212-255
9/19 French Cinema Between the Wars I:
Sound's Arrival and the Popular Front
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The Crime of M. Lange (Renoir, 1935)
Recommended Screening
 
9/24 Discussion Screenpedia Fofi, 172-224
9/26 Bazinian Realism: Jean Renoir Click here for illustrations
The Rules of the Game (Renoir, 1939; Gorgas DVD 2007-34)
Recommended Screening
 
10/1 Discussion Screenpedia Bazin ("Evolution"), 24-51; ("Pop. Front"), 36-52
10/3 French New Wave I: Alain ResnaisClick here for illustrations
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (Resnais, 1959; Gorgas DVD 2010-84)Hiroshima Mon Amour frame grabs
 
10/8 Discussion Screenpedia Monaco ("Resnais"), 34-52
10/10 French New Wave II: François Truffaut Click for illustrations Click here for illustrations Screenpedia

The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959, Gorgas DVD 2007-34)
Recommended Screening

Monaco ("NW"), 13-36, 87-97
10/15 Midterm Exam  
10/17 French Modernism: Jean-Luc Godard & Bertolt BrechtClick here for illustrations
Breathless (Godard, 1960)Breathless illustrations
 
10/22 DiscussionWind from the East UbuWeb resource Screenpedia Brecht, 33-42; Wollen, 79-91; MacCabe, 17-25
10/24 Godard and Feminism Click for illustration
Vivre sa Vie (Godard, 1962)
Godard on The Dick Cavett Show, Part One (1980)
 
10/29 Discussion Screenpedia MacCabe/Mulvey, 78-104
10/30 Last day to drop a course with a grade of "W".  
10/31 Fall Break  
11/5 New Wave Shorts
Les Fiancés du Pont Mac Donald (Varda, 1961)Click for illustrations YouTube logo
Du coq à l'âne: Des mains et des objets (Bergala, Huet, Varda; 2007)Click for illustration
The Girl at the Monceau Bakery (Rohmer, 1963)Click for illustration
 
11/7 French Feminism, Continued: Agnès VardaUbuWeb resourceClick for illustrationClick for illustration Screenpedia
Vagabond (Varda, 1986, Gorgas VCR 98-72)Click for illustration
 
11/12 Discussion Screenpedia Kuhn, 129-177
11/14 French New Wave III: Éric RohmerClick here for illustrations
Chloe in the Afternoon (Rohmer, 1972)Click here for illustrations
 
11/19 Discussion Screenpedia Monaco ("NW"), 286-304; Crisp, 67-74
11/21 Godard Since 1968 and Claire Denis Click here for illustrationsClick for illustration
Chocolat (Denis, 1989)Click for illustrationsClick for illustrations
 
11/26 France/tour/détour/deux/enfants -
"Mouvement 1: Obscur/Chimie" (Dark/Chemistry) (Godard/Miéville, 1978)Click here for illustrations Click for illustrations
Godard on The Dick Cavett Show, Part Two (1980)Click for illustrations
Recommended Screening
 
11/28 Thanksgiving Holiday
(Chanukah Begins)
 
12/3 Discussion Screenpedia Click here for illustrations UbuWeb resource Screenpedia
Mayne, 33-48; Penley, 32-59
12/5 Course Summary (Bring a Laptop)
Student Opinions of Instruction (SOI) Online Course Evaluation Survey
Take-Home Essay distributed
Amélie (Jeunet, 2001) Click for illustrations
 
12/6 Extra Credit due, 4:45 pm, TCF office (484 Phifer)  
12/11 Take-Home Essay Due, Wednesday, 11:59 p.m.
Submitted via Blackboard Learn and TurnItIn
 
12/13 Final Exam, Friday, 8:00-10:30 a.m.  

Readings

Television cover Jeremy G. Butler, Television: Critical Methods and Applications (New York: Routledge, 2011). Online resources.

Available through the Academic Publishing Service (Supe Store), the Phifer Hall Reading Room and on Blackboard Learn:

In alphabetical order, not the order in which they are assigned.

  1. Armes, Roy. French Cinema. NY: Oxford University, 1985.
  2. Bazin, André. "The Era of the Popular Front." In Jean Renoir, pp. 36-52. Edited and with an introduction by Francois Truffaut. Translated by W. W. Halsey II and William H. Simon. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1973.
  3. Bazin, André. "The Evolution of Film Language." In The New Wave, pp. 24-51. Edited and translated by Peter Graham. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968.
  4. Bazin, André. "LE JOUR SE LÊVE . . . Poetic Realism." In LE JOUR SE LÊVE: A Film by Marcel Carné and Jacques Prévert, pp. 5-12. Translated by Dinah Brooke and Nicola Hayden. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1970.
  5. Brecht, Bertolt. "The Modern Theatre is the Epic Theatre." In Brecht on Theatre, pp. 33-42. Edited and translated by John Willett. New York: Hill and Wang, 1964.
  6. Bresson, Robert. Notes on Cinematography. Translated by Jonathan Griffin. NY: Urizen, 1977.
  7. Crisp, C. G. Eric Rohmer: Realist and Moralist. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1988.
  8. Fofi, Goffredo. "The Cinema of the Popular Front in France (1934-38)." In Screen Reader I, pp. 172-224. London: SEFT, 1977.
  9. Kuhn, Annette. Women's Pictures: Feminism and Cinema. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982.
  10. Hughes, Robert. The Shock of the New. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980.
  11. MacCabe, Colin. Godard: Images, Sounds, Politics. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 1980. Includes chapter co-written with Laura Mulvey.
  12. MacCabe, Colin. Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy. New York: Faber & Faber, 2003.
  13. Mayne, Judith. Claire Denis (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2005), pp. 33-48.
  14. Monaco, James. Alain Resnais. NY: Oxford University, 1979.
  15. Monaco, James. The New Wave. NY: Oxford University, 1976.
  16. Penley, Constance. "Les Enfants de la Patrie." Camera Obscura, 8-9-10, pp. 32-59.
  17. Wollen, Peter. "Godard and Counter Cinema: VENT D'EST." In Readings and Writings: Semiotic Counter-Strategies. London: Verso, 1982.

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