FCS 310Y1Y

French Cinema


French Cinema from its origins to the present. We consider the cinema’s emergence in fin du siècle France, and major movements such as: Impressionism, Poetic Realism, Surrealism, cinéma de qualité, la nouvelle vague, and the cinéma du look. We consider some of the major French cinéastes, such as Breillat, Bresson, Carné, Clouzot, Epstein, Feuillade, Gance, Godard, Guitry, Lumière, Marker, Méliès, Ophüls, Renoir, Resnais, Truffaut, and Varda. Consideration will be given to the theoretical, political, social, aesthetic, and cultural development of French cinema and culture, and to the influence of French cinema globally. Knowledge of French is helpful but not required.

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Assignments and evaluation:



At least 5 course credits in any subject.

Recommended preparation:

INI 115Y. Knowledge of French helpful but not required