France has long been at the vanguard of cinema. This topic explores French cinema from a cultural point of view. It is based on a selection of iconic films illustrative of the key periods of French cinema, from the earliest films to the classic era and contemporary cinema: The silent period, the classic era, the war years, the post war period, the new wave and contemporary cinema. Movies selected will cover a range of historical, social, and cultural issues, which have defined modern French identities. Each film will be studied against the socio-cultural background of its period.
All films will be available in French with English subtitles, and lectures will be in English. Please note that the emphasis of the topic will be on the analysis of cultural elements through film, not on technical and theoretical analysis of cinematography.
This topic aims to: