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French New Wave Cinema

TuTh 3:30-4:45 pm, Dey Hall 204, Prof. Hassan Melehy (

In this course, we will study the early films of the French Nouvelle Vague (New Wave). These filmmakers began their careers in the 1950s, in most cases after starting out as journalists for the magazine Cahiers du cinéma. We will see movies by, among others, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Resnais, Eric Rohmer, François Truffaut, and Agnès Varda. In addition to considering their cinematic and literary influences, we will read their writings about cinema as well as key texts of film theory pertinent to their work.

Taught in English; films subtitled. Readings in English. Counts toward French major/minor and as an elective in the Global Cinema minor and the Film Studies major in English and Comparative Literature.


Recommended preparation, FREN 300 or CMPL 143.