French Culture through Cinema

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Study Abroad Paris Movies Winter 2010 Directors Actors Vocabulary History French Cinema Other Resources Cinema 1 Course

French Department
Mt. San Antonio College
Walnut, California

    French Culture through Cinema

       "Life in Paris and France"

Course Description
bullet3 unit General Ed class, transferable to UC (with IGETSE status) and Cal State.
bulletOpen to ALL, students and community.
bulletNo French needed because all films have English subtitles and all discussions are in English.
bulletFrench culture and sociology as presented in recent films by French-speaking directors from different francophone countries.
bulletFor a list of movies, directors, main actors, syllabus, and schedule, please click on the corresponding words or on the buttons (in the left margin),
Day / Time
bulletThursdays 7:00 - 10:10 pm
bulletBuilding 15, Room 5
Viewing the Movies and Class Discussion
bulletClass discussions in English.
bulletEvery class session begins with a short introduction to the historical period and sociological context in which the film takes place. A few remarks about the political and economical background and about the psychological circumstances of the main characters enhance the appreciation of the films.
bulletBrief History of French Cinema, Resources and Discussion
bulletAll films will be available for private re-viewing in the Language Learning Center, Building 6, Room 264, after they have been shown in class.
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