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Module

FRE2005 : Classic French Cinema

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sarah Leahy
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

• In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, to build on skills gained at Stage 1, and to provide students with an introduction to key aspects of the history of French cinema from 1930-1960.
• To provide students with an understanding of important aspects of French culture and history and their representation in film.
• To provide students with an understanding of important debates in Film Studies.
• To prepare students for postgraduate study in the area of film studies.
• To make aspects of the above available to students from outside the degree.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will receive 18 hours of synchronous teaching, supported by 36 hours of structured online activity and 18 hours of guided study. During these hours we will cover key contextual information, read and discuss primary and secondary sources relating to the period and the French film industry at the time, and watch and analyse six key films, on which the assessment will focus. Activities will include guided study (e.g. film viewing and reading), group work (e.g. research tasks, thematic and sequence analysis, reading discussion points), online activities (Q&A via discussion board, quizzes) and in-class discussion and presentation. Weekly preparatory viewing and reading will be set in advance.
The module is structured in three blocks, with an overall introduction and sessions devoted to revision and assessment preparation.
Example syllabus:

Introduction to module
Block 1: Constructions of class, race and gender in the 1930s
Block 2: Occupation Cinema.
Block 3. Post-war reconstruction: nationhood and modernity.
Revision and essay preparation.
Films to be studied may include: Le Grand Jeu (Feyder, 1934), Pépé le Moko (Duvivier, 1937), Le Corbeau (Clouzot, 1943), Le Ciel est à vous (Grémillon, 1943), Jour de fête (Tati, 1949), Et Dieu… créa la femme (Vadim, 1956). Films are made available to students via the World TV and Film service (IPTV).
(NB: in addition to the structured and guided activities listed above, students are expected to complete a further 128 hours of independent study, including reading, viewing and assessment preparation. An extensive bibliography and filmography are provided.)

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable