International Cinema: French Film
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Date Topic Readings/Screenings
8/24 Introduction to Course
Day for Night (Truffaut, 1973) click for illustrations click for illustrations click for illustrations click for illustrations
8/29

Film Analysis: Narrative Structure Screenpedia

Extra Credit: My Journey Through French Cinema, Bama Theatre (downtown Tuscaloosa), 7:30 p.m., $6. View trailer.

Butler, ch. 2 (21-32); ch. 3 (55-79)
8/31 Film Analysis: Mise-en-Scene click for illustrations Screenpedia Butler, ch. 7 click for illustrations click for illustrations
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]")
9/5 Film Analysis: Cinematographic Properties click for illustrations Screenpedia
Butler, ch. 8 click for illustrations
9/7 Film Analysis: Editing & Sound click for illustrations click for illustrations Screenpedia Screenpedia
Butler, chs. 9 (293-313), 10 click for illustrations
Le Million (Clair, 1931)
9/12 Early French Cinema click for illustrations click for illustrations
Lumière Brothers Shorts click for illustrations
The Mysterious Retort
(1906) and The Eclipse (Méliès, 1907) click for illustrations click for illustrations
9/14 The Avant-Garde: Dada & Surrealism click for illustrations
Analytical Exercise Due
(Click here for Exercise illustrations!)
Entr'acte (Clair, 1924) click for illustrations UbuWeb resource
Un Chien Andalou (Buñuel/Dalí, 1928) click for illustrations
Zero for Conduct (Vigo, 1933) Internet Archive
Recommended Screenings
9/19 Discussion Screenpedia Hughes, 212-255
9/21 French Cinema Between the Wars:
Sound's Arrival and the Popular Front
click for illustrations click for illustrations
The Crime of M. Lange (Renoir, 1935)
Recommended Screenings
9/26 Discussion Screenpedia
Strebel, 499-519
9/28 Bazinian Realism: Jean Renoir click for illustrations
The Rules of the Game (Renoir, 1939)
Recommended Screenings
10/3 Discussion Screenpedia Bazin ("Evolution"), 24-51; ("Pop. Front"), 36-52
10/5 French New Wave I: Alain Resnais click for illustrations click for illustrations
Hiroshima, Mon Amour (Resnais, 1959) click for illustrations
10/10 Discussion Screenpedia Monaco ("Resnais"), 34-52
10/12 French New Wave II: François Truffaut click for illustrations click for illustrations Screenpedia The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959)
Monaco ("NW"), 13-36, 87-97
10/17 Midterm Exam  
10/19 French Modernism: Jean-Luc Godard & Bertolt Brecht click for illustrations Breathless (Godard, 1960) click for illustrations
10/24 New Wave Shorts In-class screening
Les Fiancés du Pont Mac Donald (Varda, 1961) click for illustrations
Du coq à l'âne: Des mains et des objets (Bergala, Huet, Varda; 2007) click for illustrations
The Girl at the Monceau Bakery (Rohmer, 1963) click for illustrations
10/26 Mid-Semester Study Break  
10/31 Discussion click for illustrations UbuWeb resource Screenpedia Brecht, 33-42; Wollen, 79-91; MacCabe, 17-25
11/1 Last day to drop a course with a grade of "W".  
11/2 Godard and the Representation of Women click for illustrations click for illustrations
Vivre sa Vie (Godard, 1962)
Godard on The Dick Cavett Show, Part One (1980) click for illustrations
11/7 Discussion Screenpedia MacCabe/Mulvey, 78-104
11/9 Representation of Women, Continued: Agnès VardaUbuWeb resource click for illustrations click for illustrations
Vagabond (Varda, 1986) click for illustrations
11/14 Discussion Screenpedia Kuhn, 129-177

11/16 French New Wave III: Éric Rohmer click for illustrations
Chloe in the Afternoon (Rohmer, 1972) click for illustrations
11/21 View Videos on Your Own France/tour/détour/deux/enfants -
ONLY: "Mouvement 1: Obscur/Chimie" (Dark/Chemistry) (Godard/Miéville, 1978) click for illustrations click for illustrations
Godard on The Dick Cavett Show (1980) click for illustrations
11/23 Thanksgiving Holiday  
11/28 Discussion Screenpedia Monaco ("NW"), 286-304; Crisp, 67-74
11/30 Godard Since 1968 and Claire Denis click for illustrations click for illustrations Chocolat (Denis, 1989) click for illustrations click for illustrations
12/5 Discussion Screenpedia click for illustrations UbuWeb resource Screenpedia
Take-Home Essay Distributed
Mayne, 33-48; Penley, 32-59
12/7 Course Summary (Bring a Laptop/Tablet/Smart Phone)
Select one question from Screenpedia or the class lectures to review.
Student Opinions of Instruction (SOI)
Threshold of Boredom (1978)
Hommage Kit (1978)
Amélie (Jeunet, 2001) (Not Netflix)
12/8 Rohmer Extra Credit Essay Due, Friday, 11:59 p.m.  
12/13 Final Exam, Wednesday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.  
12/15 Take-Home Essay Due, Friday, 11:59 p.m.
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Reading List
(in alphabetical order)

Television coverChapter PDFs are on Blackboard. Jeremy G. Butler, Television: Critical Methods and Applications (New York: Routledge, 2011). Online resources.

Available through Blackboard and the Phifer Hall Reading Room:

  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. Recommended, not required: 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. Kuhn, Annette. Women's Pictures: Feminism and Cinema. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982.
  9. Hughes, Robert. The Shock of the New. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980.
  10. MacCabe, Colin. Godard: Images, Sounds, Politics. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 1980. Includes chapter co-written with Laura Mulvey.
  11. MacCabe, Colin. Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy. New York: Faber & Faber, 2003.
  12. Mayne, Judith. Claire Denis (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2005), pp. 33-48.
  13. Monaco, James. Alain Resnais. NY: Oxford University, 1979.
  14. Monaco, James. The New Wave. NY: Oxford University, 1976.
  15. Penley, Constance. "Les Enfants de la Patrie." Camera Obscura, 8-9-10, pp. 32-59.
  16. Strebel, Elizabeth Grottle. "French Social Cinema and the Popular Front." Journal of Contemporary History 12, no. 3 (July 1977), 499-519.
  17. Wollen, Peter. "Godard and Counter Cinema: VENT D'EST." In Readings and Writings: Semiotic Counter-Strategies. London: Verso, 1982.
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