History of French Cinema 2: 1950-present
In this course, we will study some of the outstanding and memorable films from roughly the last sixty years of French cinema, beginning with the postwar boom in the film industry, including the French New Wave of the late 1950s and 1960s, and continuing through subsequent decades to the present. Some of the directors whose movies we will view and reflect on are Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, Mathieu Kassovitz, and David Oelhoffen. In addition, we will study the vocabulary and concepts of film criticism so as to engage in critical writing.
Taught in English; films subtitled. Those taking the course for credit toward the French major or minor will do much of the reading in French, as well as write papers and exams in French.