Faculty of Arts


French Cinema Since the New Wave


An in-depth look at major developments in French cinema since 1965, with a particular focus on the 1990s.

This course presupposes a good working knowledge of film grammar, for example, shot analysis, mise en scène, editing techniques.

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Deborah Walker-Morrison


Provisional Film List 2016:

B Blier, Les valseuses / Going Places (1974)*
A Resnais, Mon oncle d’Amérique / My American Uncle (1980)
JJ Beneix, Diva (1980)
M Kassovitz, La Haine / Hate (1995)
C Breillat, Romance  (1999) *
JP Jeunet Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001) *
A  Kechiche, L’Esquive / Games of Love and Chance (2004)
R Bouchareb, Indigènes / Days of Glory (2006)
C Breillat, Une vieille maitresse / The Last Mistress (2007)*
P Ferran, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2006)*
C Corsini, Partir / Leaving (2009)*

NB: Films marked with an asterisk* contain explicit sexual content. You will find useful information on all films at the International Movie Database, see www.imdb.com. French students see http://www.allocine.fr/.

Recommended Reading

Guy Austin. Contemporary French Cinema. Manchester U.P., 2008 (2nd edition).
Susan Hayward. French National Cinema. Routledge, London and New York, 1993.
Susan Hayward. Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts.  Routledge, London and New York, 2006. 3rd ed. (Available as e-resource).
Phil Powrie. French Cinema in the 1980s. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1997.
Phil Powrie, ed. French Cinema in the 1990s. Oxford U.P., 1999.
Phil Powrie and Keith Reader. French Cinema: a student’s guide. Arnold, London, 2002.
Phil Powrie, ed. The Cinema of France. Wallflower Press, London, 2006.
Alan Williams. Republic of images: a history of French filmmaking. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1992. (useful for those not familiar with French film up to the New Wave).
Tim Palmer, Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing contemporary French Cinema. Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Conn., 2011. (Available as e-resource)


Class assignments (20%)
Class participation / peer review (10%)
Optional group oral presentation (20%)
Research essay (30%)
Term test (20%)


FRENCH 349: 15.0 points


FRENCH 304, or 30 points at Stage II in Media, Film and Television



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