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  1. Week 1 - Film Art. An Introduction 5 items
    1. Film art: an introduction - David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, Jeff Smith 2017

      Book Essential Read chapter 4 'The Shot: Mise-en-Scene', chapter 6 'The Relation of Shot to Shot: Editing', and chapter 7 'Sound in the Cinema in part 3: 'Film Style', pp. 112-158, pp. 218-264, pp. 266-306.

    2. French cinema: a student's guide - Phil Powrie, Keith Reader 2002

      Book Essential

    3. Cinema studies: the key concepts - Susan Hayward, Dawson Books 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book Essential

    4. Méliès le cinémagicien - Mény, Jacques, Méliès, Georges, Centre national de la cinématographie (France) 2001 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Further

    5. Hugo - Martin Scorsese, John Logan, Graham King, Tim Headington c2012 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended Watch the film and pay attention to the use of mise-en-scene, editing and sound to further the narrative and draw the viewer in. Try to provide an analysis of one of the video clips available on Moodle.

  2. Week 2 - Dada and Surrealist Films 9 items
    Watch the films: Emak Bakia (Man Ray, 1926), Un Chien andalou (Bunuel/Dali, 1928) and L'Etoile de mer (Man Ray, 1929) and read the articles from Screen magazine and the chapter on 'Un Chien andalou' from Cinema of France.
    1. Avant-garde: experimental cinema of the 1920s and '30s - Man Ray, Vorkapich, Slavko, Florey, Robert, Kirsanov, Dmitri c2005 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Essential Watch Emak Bakia and L'Etoile de mer.

    2. Un chien Andalou - Buänuel, Luis, Dali, Salvador c2007 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Essential

    3. The slit eye, the scorpion and the sign of the cross: surrealist film theory and practice revisited - R. Fotiade 01/06/1998

      Article Essential Read this article first as an introduction to the topic of Dada and Surrealist film.

    4. The untamed eye: surrealism and film theory - R. Fotiade 01/12/1995

      Article Essential Read this for a general introduction to the topic

    5. The Cinema of France - Powrie, Phil 2006

      Book Essential Read chapter 2 on 'Un Chien andalou' pp. 21-30

    6. Dada and Surrealism in Cinema and Photography

      Website Recommended Explore the website to learn about Dada and Surrealist photographers and filmmakers.

    7. The unsilvered screen: surrealism on film - Harper, Graeme, Stone, Rob 2007

      Book Recommended Read chapter 1: 'From Ready-Made to Moving Image: The Visual Poetics of Surrealist Cinema', pp. 9-22.

    8. French cinema: the first wave, 1915-1929 - Abel, Richard c1984

      Book Further Read chapters on avant-garde cinema pp. 475-486

    9. Un Chien Andalou (Short Film) May 29, 2013

      Audio-visual document Essential Watch Un Chien andalou on youtube with the original musical score.

  3. Week 3 - Zéro de conduite (dir. Jean Vigo, 1933) 10 items
    Watch Zéro de conduite (1933) and A propos de Nice (1930) and read the corresponding chapters from P. E. Salles Gomes's book on Vigo.
    1. Vers un cinéma social - article

      Document Essential Please read the article and then try to identify the similarities between Vigo's mise en scène in Zéro de conduite and Bunuel's Surrealist film, Un Chien andalou.

    2. Jean Vigo - Paolo Emilio Salles Gomes 1972

      Book Essential Online copy of P E Salles Gomes's book on Jean Vigo - read chapters on Zéro de conduite and L'Atalante

    3. The complete Jean Vigo - Vigo, Jean, Rozier, Jacques 2001 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended Watch A propos de Nice and read the corresponding chapter from William G Simon's book on Vigo.

    4. Zéro de conduite - Vigo, Jean 2001 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Essential

    5. Jean Vigo - Gomes, Paolo Emilio Salles 1972

      Book Essential Read the chapters devoted to the two prescribed films: Zéro de conduite and L'Atalante.

    6. L'Atalante - Warner, Marina 1993

      Book Recommended

    7. Jean Vigo - Temple, Michael 2005

      Book Recommended Read chapter 3: 'The Personal and the Political', pp. 44-90.

    8. Jean Vigo - Lherminier, Pierre 1967

      Book Further

    9. Jean Vigo - Estève, Michel 1966

      Book Further

    10. Jean Vigo - Feldman, Joseph, Feldman, Harry, Weinberg, Herman G., Agee, James [1951]

      Book Further

  4. Week 4 - Pépé le Moko (dir. Julien Duvivier, 1936) 6 items
    Watch the film and read Vincendeau's analysis of the film and the two online articles.
    1. Pépé le Moko - Gabin, Jean, Ashelbe [2003 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Pépé le Moko - Vincendeau, Ginette 1998

      Book Essential

    3. Casbah: American remake of Pépé le Moko - Cromwell, John, Duvivier, Julien c2006 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Further

    4. Le cinéma du Front populaire - Guillaume-Grimaud, Geneviève 1986

      Book Essential

  5. Week 5 - Le Quai des brumes (dir. Marcel Carné, 1938) 9 items
    Watch the film and read the corresponding chapters from Turk's and Perez's books on Marcel Carné
    1. Port of shadows - Carné, Marcel, MacOrlan, Pierre 2004 (videorecording)

      Book Essential

    2. Marcel Carné - Chazal, Robert 1965

      Book Recommended

    3. French film: texts and contexts - Hayward, Susan, Vincendeau, Ginette 2000

      Book Recommended Read chapter 4 on poetic realism and Carné's film, Le Jour se lève.

    4. Stars and stardom in French cinema - Ginette Vincendeau, Askews & Holts Library Services 2000

      Book Essential Read the pages relevant to Jean Gabin's screen persona.

    5. Le cinéma du Front populaire - Guillaume-Grimaud, Geneviève 1986

      Book Essential

    6. Le jour se léve - Carné, Marcel [2001? (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Further

    7. Les films de Carné - Perez, Michel 1986

      Book Essential

    8. An American Appeal - Jamie Marie Wagner 01/2010

      Article Essential Read this article on the American reception of Carné's film. Available via Online Resource Button.

  6. Week 6 - La Grande Illusion (dir. Jean Renoir, 1937) 9 items
    Watch the film and read Martin O'Shaughnessy's analysis of La Grande Illusion.
    1. La grande illusion - Jean Renoir [200-] (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Essential

    2. La grande illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937) - O'Shaughnessy, Martin 2009

      Book Essential

    3. La grande illusion - Jackson, Julian, British Film Institute 2009

      Book Essential

    4. Jean Renoir: the French films, 1924-1939 - Sesonske, Alexander 1980

      Book Essential Read the chapter on La Grande Illusion

    5. Jean Renoir: a conversation with his films, 1894-1979 - Faulkner, Christopher, Duncan, Paul 2007

      Book Recommended Read part II - A Social and Political Cinema 1930 - 1939

    6. La grande illusion - Renoir, Jean 1974

      Book Further

    7. My life and my films - Renoir, Jean 1974

      Book Recommended

    8. Jean Renoir - O'Shaughnessy, Martin c2000

      Book Recommended Read the chapter entitled: The Popular Front Years

  7. Week 7 - La Règle du jeu (dir. Jean Renoir, 1939) 5 items
    Watch the film and read Pierre Guislain and Keith Reader's film analyses of La Règle du jeu.
    1. La règle du jeu - Renoir, Jean, Renoir, Claude, Koch, Carl, Dalio, Marcel c2005 (videorecording)

      Book Essential Watch the film and pay particular attention to mise-en-scène and depth of field:

    2. La règle du jeu: (Jean Renoir, 1939) - Reader, Keith 2009

      Book Essential Read the sequence-by sequence scene analysis and commentary of the film in chapter 3 (pp 29 - 87).

    3. Jean Renoir - O'Shaughnessy, Martin c2000

      Book Recommended

    4. My life and my films - Renoir, Jean 1974

      Book Essential Read the chapter on La Règle du jeu after watching the film and looking at the slides in the Power Point Presentation on Moodle2.

  8. Week 8 - A bout de souffle (dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 1960) 7 items
    Watch the film and read Michel Marie's and Ramona Fotiade's sequence by sequence analyses of A bout de souffle.
    1. Breathless, 00:25 12/11/2004, BBC2 England, 90 mins - Godard, Jean-Luc, Beauregard, Georges de, Truffaut, François, Optimum Releasing (Firm) c2000

      Audio-visual document Essential Watch the film and pay particular attention to editing and cinematography.

    2. À bout de souffle - Fotiade, Ramona 2013

      Book Essential Read the analysis of the first sequence (pp. 49-57), the analysis of soundtrack and dialogue (pp. 61-67), location and cinematography (pp. 68-75), gender and genre (pp. 75-84), language and failed communication (pp. 84-88).

    3. À bout de souffle, Jean-Luc Godard - Marie, Michel 1999

      Book Essential

    4. Film editing: the art of the expressive - Orpen, Valerie 2003

      Book Essential Read the introduction (on the meaning of 'editing' and 'montage') and the sequence analysis from A bout de souffle.

    5. Godard: a portrait of the artist at seventy - MacCabe, Colin 2004

      Book Essential Read the chapter on the Nouvelle Vague and A bout de souffle.

    6. For ever Godard - Temple, Michael, Williams, James, Witt, Michael c2004

      Book Recommended Read Keith Reader's chapter on asynchrony.

    7. Everything is cinema: the working life of Jean-Luc Godard - Brody, Richard 2008

      Book Further Read the chapter on A bout de souffle and the reception of the Nouvelle Vague in the USA.

  9. Week 9 - Cléo de 5 à 7 (dir. Agnès Varda, 1962) 6 items
    Watch the film and read Valerie Orpen's book on Cléo de 5 à 7 and the corresponding presentation from Varda par Agnès.
    1. Cléo from 5 to 7 - Varda, Agnès, Marchand, Corinne, Bourseiller, Antoine, Davray, Dominique c2009 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Cléo de 5 à 7 (Agnès Varda, 1961) - Orpen, Valerie 2007

      Book Essential

    3. Varda - Varda, Agnès, Bastide, Bernard c1994

      Book Essential Read chapter on Cléo de 5 à 7

    4. Agnès Varda - Smith, Alison 1998

      Book Recommended Read the chapter on Cléo de 5 à 7

    5. Agnès Varda: le cinéma et au-delà - Fiant, Antony, Hamery, Roxane, Thouvenel, Éric 2009

      Book Further

    6. Varda - Agnès Varda, Bernard Bastide c1994

      Book Essential Read the chapter on Cléo de 5 à 7, pp. 48 -61

  10. Week 10: Jules et Jim (dir. François Truffaut, 1962) 8 items
    Watch the film and read Carole le Berre's analysis and the first chapter from James Monaco's book, The New Wave.
    1. Jules and Jim: Jules et Jim - Truffaut, François, Roché, Henri Pierre 2006 (videorecording =)

      Audio-visual document Essential Watch the film and discuss the use of montage and conspicuous shot transitions to further the narration and draw attention to the presence of the camera and to directorial input.

    2. Jules et Jim, François Truffaut: étude critique - Le Berre, Carole 1995

      Book Essential

    3. Jules et Jim - Truffaut, François 1971

      Book Recommended Read the scenario for the film to check the sequence of events or quote lines of dialogue (and compare with the original novel)

    4. The New Wave: Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Rivette - Monaco, James c1976

      Book Essential Read the introduction and chapter 2 on Truffaut.

    5. François Truffaut - Holmes, Diana, Ingram, Robert 1998

      Book Recommended

    6. François Truffaut - Baecque, Antoine de, Toubiana, Serge c1996

      Book Recommended Read the chapter devoted to the making of Jules et Jim from Truffaut's biography.

    7. François Truffaut and friends: modernism, sexuality, and film adaptation - Stam, Robert, American Council of Learned Societies c2006 (electronic resource)

      Book Further

    8. Le cinéma de François Truffaut - Collet, Jean 1977

      Book Further

  11. SEMESTER 2 - Week 1: Z (dir. Costa-Gavras, 1969) 4 items
    1. Z - Vasilēs Vasilikos, Costa-Gavras c2002 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Costa-Gavras, the political fiction film - John J. Michalczyk c1984

      Book Essential

    3. Le cinéma de Costa-Gavras - René Prédal c1985

      Book Recommended

  12. SEMESTER 2 - Week 2: Diva (dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1981) 5 items
    1. Diva - Jean-Jacques Beineix c2004 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Jean-Jacques Beineix - Phil Powrie 2001

      Book Essential

    3. L'âge moderne du cinéma français: de la Nouvelle Vague à nos jours - Jean-Michel Frodon c1995

      Book Essential Read 'Jean-Jacques beineix fait image', pp. 574-8.

    4. Signatures of the visible - Fredric Jameson 1990

      Book Recommended Read: 'Diva and French Socialism', pp. 55-62.

    5. French cinema in the 1980s: nostalgia and the crisis of masculinity - Phil Powrie 1997

      Book  Read: 'Diva's Deluxe Disasters' pp. 109-120.

  13. SEMESTER 2 - Week 3: Nikita (dir. Luc Besson, 1990) 5 items
    1. Nikita, 19:15 12/04/2015, Arte, 110 mins - Luc Besson, Anne Parillaud, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Tcheky Karyo c2009

      Audio-visual document Essential

    2. The films of Luc Besson: master of spectacle - Susan Hayward, Phil Powrie 2006

      Book Essential

    3. Luc Besson - Susan Hayward 1998

      Book Recommended

    4. Les adventures extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec - Virginie Silla, Luc Besson, Jacques Tardi, Louise Bourgoin c2011 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Further

    5. Subway - Luc Besson 2003 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Further

  14. SEMESTER 2 - Week 4: Les Amants du Pont Neuf (dir. Leos Carax, 1991) 6 items
    1. Les amants du Pont Neuf - Léos Carax, Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche, Klaus-Michael Grüber c2009 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Leos Carax - Fergus Daly, Garin Dowd 2003

      Book Recommended

    3. Mauvais sang: The night is young - Léos Carax, Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant 2001 (videorecording =)

      Book Further

    4. Contemporary French cinema: an introduction - Guy Austin 2008


    5. French cinema in the 1990s: continuity and difference 1999

      Book  Read: Graham Hayes, 'Representation, Masculinity, Nation: The Crisis of les Amants du Pont-Neuf', pp. 199-210.

  15. SEMESTER 2 - Week 5: La Fille sur le pont (dir. Patrice Leconte, 1999) 6 items
    1. The girl on the bridge: La fille sur le pont - Patrice Leconte 2000 (videorecording =)

      Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Le cinéma français des années 1990: une génération de transition - René Prédal 2008

      Book Essential

    3. French cinema in the 1990s: continuity and difference 1999

      Book Essential

    4. Ridicule - Patrice Leconte, Gilles Legrand, Frédéric Brillion, Philippe Carcassonne 2009 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Further

  16. SEMESTER 2 - Week 6: Les garçons et Guillaume à table! (dir. Guillaume Gallienne, 2013) 8 items
    1. Les garçons et Guillaume, à table! - Guillaume Gallienne, Claude Mathieu, Nicholas Vassiliev, Edouard Weil 2013

      Audio-visual document Essential

  17. SEMESTER 2 - Week 7: Adieu au langage (dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 2014) 6 items
    1. Goodbye to language - Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Sarde, Heloise Godet, Kamel Abdeli 2014

      Audio-visual document Essential

    2. Histoire(s) du cinéma - Jean Luc Godard, Gaumont Video (Firm), Centre National de la Cinématographie (France) 2008 (videorecording)

      Audio-visual document Recommended

    3. Jean-Luc Godard, cinema historian - Michael Witt 2013


    4. For ever Godard - Michael Temple, James Williams, Michael Witt c2004