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MFCO314 French Cinema

 

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Selected topics in French cinema since 1945.

If we believe many of the directors of French new wave cinema (from roughly 1959-64), then we might be mistaken for thinking that they single-handedly pulled France out of its post-war depression and proved that it could, again, compete on the world stage as a modern nation. Such was the 'myth' of the French new wave. In this paper we focus tightly upon the five years in which Varda, Truffaut, Godard and Resnais burst upon the scene. We examine the claims they made: that jumpcuts and hand-held camerawork, Parisian streets and existential angst could innovate, rejuvenate and generally change Paris - France - the world! In so doing we consider how innovation and change happen on screen and the extraordinary capacity that cinema has for communicating within and across national boundaries.

Paper title French Cinema
Paper code MFCO314
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level MFCO or FIME points
Restriction
FIME 304
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Associate Professor Catherine Fowler
Paper Structure
The paper is divided between two topics:
  • First, through a focus on the context of post-war France, we investigate the 'myth of the new wave'
  • Second, we shift our focus from France to Europe and from contexts to texts to examine issues with wider relevance to European cinemas: stars, realism, modernism, gender and counter-cinema
Assessment:
  • Group Presentation 30%
  • Essay 50%
  • Exam 20%
Textbooks
Course reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Demonstrate sophisticated understanding of the significant contextual elements that brought about change in the new wave period
  • Be able to analyse the 'myth' of the French new wave as it has been created through film literature
  • Use close textual analysis to compare and contrast 'innovation' in selected film of the French new wave period
  • Discuss and apply in a wider context key concepts in European cinema, such as authorship, realism, modernism and counter-cinema

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Selected topics in French cinema since 1945.

If we believe many of the directors of French new wave cinema (from roughly 1959-64), then we might be mistaken for thinking that they single-handedly pulled France out of its post-war depression and proved that it could, again, compete on the world stage as a modern nation. Such was the 'myth' of the French new wave.

In this paper we focus tightly upon the five years in which Varda, Truffaut, Godard and Resnais burst upon the scene. We examine the claims they made: that jumpcuts and hand-held camerawork, Parisian streets and existential angst could innovate, rejuvenate and generally change Paris - France - the world! In so doing we consider how innovation and change happen on screen and the extraordinary capacity that cinema has for communicating within and across national boundaries.

Paper title French Cinema
Paper code MFCO314
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level MFCO or FIME points
Restriction
FIME 304
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
To be advised when next offered.
Paper Structure
The paper is divided between two topics:
  • First, through a focus on the context of post-war France, we investigate the 'myth of the new wave'
  • Second, we shift our focus from France to Europe and from contexts to texts to examine issues with wider relevance to European cinemas: stars, realism, modernism, gender and counter-cinema
Assessment:
  • Group Presentation 30%
  • Essay 50%
  • Exam 20%
Textbooks
Course reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Demonstrate sophisticated understanding of the significant contextual elements that brought about change in the new wave period
  • Be able to analyse the 'myth' of the French new wave as it has been created through film literature
  • Use close textual analysis to compare and contrast 'innovation' in selected film of the French new wave period
  • Discuss and apply in a wider context key concepts in European cinema, such as authorship, realism, modernism and counter-cinema

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard