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French Cinema

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Course Summary

Learn more about the popular stars and innovative directors of French cinema. Together we will examine critically acclaimed films, all introduced by a short lecture and followed by a group discussion.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge required.

Content of Course

Over a period of ten weeks we will survey the historical and artistic development of French cinema, focusing on one film per decade from the 1920s onwards.

Teaching method(s)

Introductory lectures, screenings and tutor-led group discussion.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Locate the selected films within their broader socio-cultural contexts;

  • Analyse and discuss narrative and stylistic features with greater confidence;

  • Understand some key developments in the history of French cinema;

  • Recognize some trends and auteurs of French cinema.


Core Readings


  • Powrie, P. 2006. The Cinema of France. USA: Columbia University Press.

  • Vincendeau, G. 2000. Stars and Stardom in French Cinema. UK: Continuum-3PL.

  • Hayward, S. 1999. French Film: texts and Contexts. UK: Routledge.

  • Austin, G., 1996. Contemporary French cinema. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Web Sources

Class Handouts

Photocopies of relevant articles and lecture notes will provided.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

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