Media and film studies

French Cinema B

Module code: P3042B
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar, Film
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module provides a historical, critical, and theoretical survey of developments in French cinema. It focuses on key historical issues (aesthetic, social, political) that have shaped French cinema over the last century, examining the intersections of film with French politics, culture and identities. A range of directors (possible examples: Godard, Franju, Denis) and types of film (popular genres, art cinema, avant-garde) will be studied, with films ranging from the 1920s to the present day. The module will combine close attention to textual analysis with contextual study of the period in which films were produced, and with comparative readings of critical approaches to films.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of key aspects of French cinema including: historical contexts, issues of production, form and style, cultural questions of representation and national identity, and critical and audience reception in national and global contexts
  • Apply underlying concepts in critical engagement with a range of French cinema texts
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesise knowledge, research and analysis and to produce independently argued ideas