French Special Subject 2

Module code: R1132
Level 6
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This special subject module, which is taught and assessed in French, comprises two complementary parts. The first will trace the history of the cinema in France from its inception in the 1890s to the 'New Wave' of the post-war years, via selected landmarks such as: the heyday of the silent era; the industrialisation of the cinema; the impacts of aesthetic movements (the avant-garde, impressionism and surrealism); the shock of the talkies; the seventh art under German occupation; and the creation of the 'New Wave'. The second part will critique the work of outstanding French directors such as Bunuel, Renoir, Truffaut and Godard, with particular emphasis upon innovation both in thematic preoccupations and cinematic technique.

Module learning outcomes

  • The successful student will demonstrate systematic understanding of key aspects of 20th-century French cinema.
  • S/he will demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge of several significant works by leading directors in the French cinema.
  • S/he will demonstrate sophisticated intellectual engagement with the philosophical, psychological, moral, critical or other issues arising from the works studied.
  • S/he will demonstrate a good command of written French, appropriate in its accuracy and register to the development of sustained academic argument in the context of discursive essays produced under examination conditions.