French weekend: My journey through French cinema: before the French New Wave

Course Dates: 13/07/18
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: John Wischmeyer

Journey through French film history exploring essential directors: Renoir, Vigo, Melville, Bresson, Becker and Agnes Varda. Reasons enough to lose head and heart to the movies.


What is the course about?

All the key periods, films and directors of the French cinema leading up to the new wave.
Exploration of Agnes Varda's work and why she might be considered the first new wave director.

What will we cover?

Postwar French films of liberation and hope: Les Enfants du Paradis and Jacques Tati
Rehabilitation of forgotten French directors
Composing French film scores: Jaubert’s music is the best essay on the film L’Atalante.
Acting: Jean Gabin said “Renoir taught me acting but Duvivier taught me to play to the camera”.
Jean-Pierre Melville in 1956 Montemarte made gangster films (Bob Le Flambeur) in the American style and was just as admired by the young Cahiers du Cinema critics of the day as Hawks or Hitchcock.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-list ten key French films that led up to the new wave
-understand why Agnes Varda might be considered the first new wave director
-list key directors and distinguish their style and technique.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

From beginner to advanced, this is a summer short course designed for all levels to examine. This is a one-day course not requiring previous film study.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Opening lecture & presentation with film extracts chosen by the tutor to stimulate discussion, insights, and knowledge exchange. No work outside of class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No additional costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

For further film studies courses look on, culture and writing/film studies.

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This course has now finished

Course Code: HF049

Finished Fri, eve, 13 Jul - 13 Jul '18

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £29.00
Senior fee: £29.00
Concession: £13.00
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