|Instructor: Jeremy Butler
Office: 430C Phifer
Office hours: TT 1:00-3:00, & by appt. 348-6350
Online grades: http://www.tcf.ua.edu/Classes/Jbutler/T340/F99/grades.htm
TCF 340 assumes the student understands generally the contours of international cinema history. The course's objective therefore is to investigate in some depth the cinematic work of a particular nation and the historical/theoretical issues pertaining to it. This term our topic will be the French cinema.
A 93-100 C 73-76 A- 90-92 C- 70-72 B+ 87-89 D+ 67-69 B 83-86 D 63-66 B- 80-82 D- 60-62 C+ 77-79 F 59 and below
Most films will be shown on videotape/DVD Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in room 216. You may bring guests with you. There will be no other screenings of the films, but Blockbuster Video does carry a few of the titles, and two or three of them are available in the audio-visual section of the Gorgas Library.
Credits are available from the Internet Movie Database. Follow the links below to find credits for specific films.
Each student is permitted four absences. Each absence beyond four will result in one point being deducted from the student's final grade (maximum penalty: five points).
|8/26||Introduction to Course
DAY FOR NIGHT (Truffaut, 1973)
|8/31||Film Analysis: Narrative Form||Bordwell/Thompson, chs. 3, 4|
Analysis: Visual Style
MY OTHER HUSBAND (Lautner, 1983)
|Bordwell/Thompson, chs. 6, 7|
|9/7||Film Analysis: Editing and Sound||Bordwell/Thompson, chs. 8, 9|
a.m. Analytical Exercise Due
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|9/16||The Avant-Garde: Dada
& Surrealism (Illustrations)
UN CHIEN ANDALOU (Buñuel/Dali, 1928)
ENTR'ACTE (Clair, 1924), À PROPOS DE NICE (Vigo, 1929)
ZERO FOR CONDUCT (Vigo, 1933)
|9/21||Discussion||Hughes, 212-255; Bordwell/Thompson, 462-66|
Between the Wars I: The Popular Front
THE CRIME OF M. LANGE (Renoir, 1935)
Realism: Jean Renoir (Illustrations)
THE RULES OF THE GAME (Renoir, 1939)
|10/5||Discussion||Bazin ("Evolution"), 24-51 ("Pop. Front"), 36-52|
Cinema Between the Wars II: Poetic Realism
LE JOUR SE LÈVE (Carné, 1939)
|10/12||Exam #1||Bazin ("LJSL"), 5-12|
|10/14||French New Wave I: Alain
HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR (Resnais, 1959)
|10/19||Discussion||Monaco ("Resnais"), 34-52|
Wave II: François Truffaut (Illustrations)
THE 400 BLOWS (Truffaut, 1959)
|10/26||Discussion||Monaco ("NW"), 13-36, 87-97|
|10/28||French New Wave III:
CHLOE IN THE AFTERNOON (Rohmer, 1972)
|11/2||Exam #2||Monaco ("NW"), 286-304; Crisp, 67-74|
|11/4||French Modernism: Jean-Luc
Godard & Bertolt Brecht
BREATHLESS (Godard, 1959)
|11/9||Discussion||Brecht, 33-42; Wollen, 79-91; MacCabe, 17-25|
|11/11||Godard and Contemporary
VIVRE SA VIE (Godard, 1962)
|11/18||French Feminism, Continued:
Agn˛s Varda and Claire Denis
VAGABOND (Varda, 1986)
|11/23||CHOCOLAT (Denis, 1989) (class will run overtime)|
SOFT AND HARD (Godard/Miéville, 1985)
|12/7||Discussion||Godard/Miéville, 60-73; Penley, 32-59|
|12/9||Cinema Ascetic: Robert
A MAN ESCAPED (Bresson, 1956)
#3 and Take-Home Essay
Final Exam Period, Thursday, 8-10:30 a.m.
Available at local bookstores:
Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson. Film Art: An Introduction. Fifth Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997.
Available through the Academic Publishing Service (Supe Store):
In alphabetical order, not the order in which they are assigned. The format used here adheres to the Turabian style for bibliographies--which is different from its footnote style.
Every effort will be made to accommodate students with disabilities. Please notify Jeremy Butler at the start of the semester if you require such accommodations.
All acts of dishonesty in any work constitute academic misconduct. The Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Policy will be followed in the event of academic misconduct.