Movies Winter 2010

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                   Intermediate French Conversation
                                Life in Paris and France as seen in movies


Possible Films to be seen and discussed in Paris
as part of the Intermediate Level French Conversation Course


Life in the 21st Century


Life in 21stC Paris: Paris, je t'aime. 
Eighteen very different short films from 18 different directors set in 18 different Paris locations, all about one subject: love.
You may not like each episode, but it's not long before the next one starts since each short film runs an average of 8 minutes. 

Two or three students might want to explore on their own one of the arrondissements shown in the movie. They take a few pictures and interview one or two people. They then report to the whole group, in French, what they saw and whether they found, in the arrondissement, traces of the characters and characteristics shown in their 8 minute movi

The goal of each of the 18 episodes of the movie "Paris je t'aime" is to illustrate by an 8 minute short movie the character of a particular neighborhood or arrondissement.

Moreover each episode illustrates a particular kind of love.


Life in the 20th Century

  Life in the European Union, L'auberge espagnole (The Spanish Apartment),  Dir. Cedric Klapisch
Interesting look at the challenges and stereotypes confronting 7 students from 7 European countries cramped together in an apartment in Barcelona. Best Young Actress Award for Cecile de France. Nominated for six Cesar Awards in 2002.
120 min. Discussion in French

WWI (1914-1918)  Merry Christmas!, Dir. Christian Carion. A true story.
Christmas Eve 1914. World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history. Numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man's Land to share a precious pause in the carnage. A moment of humanity and fraternity that made history.
116 min. Discussion in French


Oral presentations by students on a character or topic chosen from one of the films (above).

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