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FILM 1001 - French Cinema: History, Genre and Style

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 4 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Assessment: Online quizzes 20%, Research Portfolio 30%, Research Essay 40%, Sequence Analysis 10%

This course will introduce, examine and analyse key French films released over the past hundred years. It will introduce each film's social and cultural context, and explore their visual and thematic richness. It will also identify the industrial, economic and political backdrops against which the films were produced, and examine the role cinema was playing at several crucial moments in French society (such as the 1930s, the post-war era, and the 21st century). Building on skills developed in 'Introduction to Film Studies' (ENGL 1105) around issues of genre, history, visual style, editing, gender and sound, this course will apply various methodological frameworks (gender, star studies, audience) to answer the question 'What is so French about French cinema?'. Class discussions will focus on the set of cinematic issues raised by each film, but we shall also concentrate on emerging themes that are common to all. Moreover, we will use each film as a tool for (a) analysing cinema as an art form, (b) seeing what is distinctly 'French' about the film in terms of narrative, form and aesthetics, and (c) highlighting the wider changes in French society as explored in the films.

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Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program

Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 12/08/2019 Sat 31/08/2019 Fri 20/09/2019 Fri 01/11/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
21659 WR01 200 70 1 Aug - 19 Sep Thursday 2pm - 5pm Napier, 102, Lecture Theatre
10 Oct - 31 Oct Thursday 2pm - 5pm Napier, 102, Lecture Theatre