RLFR 228
Introduction to French and Francophone Film Spring 2018
Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed COMP 298 / RLFR 228
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In this course, we watch and examine seminal French and Francophone films. Starting with early French cinema and silent movies of the end of the nineteenth century, we continue with landmark films from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. World War II serves as a point of rupture to explore how the advent of Francophone film parallels postcolonial theory. Throughout the semester, we discuss film as spectacle, the emergence of narrative forms, innovative technical practice and their connection to aesthetics. We also look at the role of film in addressing larger questions that include acts of rebellion, decolonization, the radical rejection of societal values, colonialism, dislocation, alienation, French collaboration during the German occupation, and the intersection of history and biography, as well as migration, in between-ness, and transnationalism. Films from the Lumière brothers, Méliès, Guy-Blaché, Vigo, Truffaut, Sembene, Mambety, Malle, Varda, Palcy, Peck, and Sissako. Conducted in French.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 3413
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: response papers, midterm paper, TV show, colloquium
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: RLFR 201, 202, or 203, or by permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: RLFR 201, 202, or 203, or by permission of instructor
Distributions: Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 298 Division I RLFR 228 Division I
Attributes: FMST Core Courses

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