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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: FRE2026 Module Title: CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CINEMA
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: FRE2026
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: URVOY E Mr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Two written assignments of 700 words each
Two hour unseen examination

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module
Module Overview
Cinema has a special place in French cultural life. This introduction will prepare the students before they go on placement in their third year, and will give them a global view of cultural and social life in France.
A pass in FRE1045 or equivalent
Module Aims
To familiarise students with French cinema by learning history and themes relating to cinema, and analysing French movies.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have watched different kinds of movies and extracts and practised their listening skills;
  • Have learned how to analyse and criticise French movies;
  • Have learned how to write film reviews;
  • Be able to appreciate the importance of the impact of cinema in French society;
  • Have enhanced their knowledge of French society;
  • Have improved their intercultural understanding.
Module Content

Basic vocabulary for the study of cinema in French.

  • The history of French cinema
  • Why French cinema is different
  • French culture and society through the cinema
  • The successes of French movies
  • The French cinema industry
  • Movie analysis:
  • Comedy
  • Historical movies
  • Le Polar
  • Psychological movies
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Two contact hours per teaching week in semester 2. Interactive Lectures/Seminars: students will be expected to participate in class discussions, and to write film reviews outside class.
Selected Texts/Journals
Auzel, D. Le cinéma, Editions Milan
Benghozi, P.J. ; Delage (2000) Histoire économique du cinéma français (1895-1995), L'Harmattan.
Bosséno, C. (1999) La prochaine séance: Les Français et leurs cinés, Gallimard.
Darré, Y. (2000) Histoire sociale du cinéma français, La Découverte
Jeancolas, J.-P. (2007) Histoire du cinéma français, Armand Colin
Larousse (2005) Une histoire du cinéma français, Larousse
Singerman, A.J. (2005) Apprentissage Du Cinéma Français: Livre De L'étudiant, Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company.

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Last Updated
JULY 2009