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 French students see

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 points


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