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French Cinema Seminar - Cannes, France  

3.5 hours per week; 14 hours total in each four week session. Intermediate Level Required.
The French Political Life Seminar provides 3.5 class hours per week in addition to either the Standard or Intensive French Program. The seminar sheds light on the political institutions of the 5th Republic of France, current attempts to renovate the political landscape, as well as how a politician manages his/her image.

The objectives of the seminar include:

  •   Study the institution of the country's political landscape: fundamental belief, political parties, communication techniques in
  •   Conduct comparative analyses between France and various foreign countries.
The lectures are supplemented by concrete study of texts and video documents (debates, political statements, etc.).

Please Note: This is an add-on course; cannot be taken alone.

French Cinema Seminar
Number of hours per week: 3.5 hours.
Available: Spring and Fall.
Language levels applicable: intermediate level (course 210) and higher.
Certificate Preparation for: Certificat du Collège International

Seminar Description

  • Introduction
    • "What is the cinema?"
    • Presentation of a lexicon of cinematographic terms
    • History of the cinema
    • Theory of the cinema
  • Two Tendencies of the French cinema
    • Lumière & Méliès
    • The French Cinema of Avant-Garde
      • The Twenties and the French cinema of avant-garde
  • The Classics
    • The First Generation
      • The "poetic realism" of the Thirties
        • Realism
        • Impressionism with the cinema
    • The Second Generation
      • The role of film during the war of 1939-1940
  • Cinema of the "tradition de la qualité”
    • Important writers/directors of the Fifties
  • Contemporary French Cinema
    • The Transition
    • Precursors of the New Wave
    • The New Wave
  • The French Cinema of the Seventies and Eighties
    • The Seventies: The Militant Cinema
    • The Eighties: Triumph of the Image
  • The Business of the Actor
    • Presentation of Film Careers

Example of a Seminar Lecture & Practical Study

  • Lecture on the theory of the cinema and one significant period in the history of the French cinema.
    • Presentation of writers, directors, topics, films.
    • Presentation of the social values developed in the cinema of the selected period.
    • Presentation of the idea that films are the expression of an artist and the reflection of a society and culture
  • Practical Study
    • Illustration by film extracts
    • Discussion on the form (techniques used)
    • Discussion on the topics evoked in the extracts
    • Bringing to light the relation between cinema and society
    • Presentation by a student on a given topic


  • “Esthétique du Film” - J. Aumont, M. Marie, A. Bergala, M. Vemet (Nathan Université, Paris - 1983)
  • “Le cinéma français contemporain - R. Prédal (Les Editions du Cerf - 1984)
  • “Fiaf Lexique de termes filmographiques” (J. Gratenberg - 1985)
  • “l’Analyse des films” - J. Aumont, M. Marie, A. Bergala, M. Vernet (Nathan Université -1983)
  • “Que sais-je ?” - Histoire du cinéma (Collection P.V.F.)
  • “Que sais-je” -Esthétique du cinéma (Collection P.V.F.)
  • “Depardieu” - P. Chutkow (Belford, Paris - 1994)

Important note: This program is NOT available during the summer session.

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