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FREN 388

History of French Cinema I

Dorothea Heitsch
French Undergraduate Advisor
Sheena Melton
Undergraduate Student Services Specialist

TuTh 3:30–4:45pm, Dey Hall 204, Prof. Hassan Melehy (hmelehy@unc.edu)

In this course, we will study some of the outstanding and memorable films from roughly the first sixty years of French cinema, beginning with the experiments of the Lumière Brothers in 1895, Georges Méliès’s invention of special effects, through silent cinema, surrealism, and poetic realism, until the beginning of the postwar period and the movies preceding the French New Wave. Some of the directors whose feature-length films we will view and reflect on are Abel Gance, Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier, Marcel Carné, Max Ophüls, and Jean Cocteau. In addition, we will study the vocabularly and concepts of film criticism so as to engage in critical writing.

*Taught in English; films subtitled.

Readings in English.

Counts for FREN minor/major and as an elective in the Global Cinema minor and the Film Studies major in English and Comparative Literature.