French and Italian | Contemporary France: Film and Culture
F311 | 25378 | Bray, Patrick Maxwell


This course offers a general introduction to the study of French
film from 1950 to the present: its history, movements, practice, and
theory.  We will approach the material through the traditional
division in French cinema between realism and fantasy.  In what ways
does French cinema attempt to portray contemporary (political,
social, and economic) reality and in what ways does it offer a
vision of an alternative reality?  We will read articles by Bazin,
Deleuze, Truffaut, and Godard, among others.  In addition to the
regular class hours, there will be weekly film screenings in the
evening (starting at 7pm) of works by (including but not limited to)
Bresson, Renais, Varda, Truffaut, Godard, Demy, Tati, Rohmer,
Kassovitz, and Desplechin.