In this course, French films are used as linguistic and cultural textbooks. While honing their language skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing), students will focus their critical skills on selected cultural topics (food, clothes, history, gestures, etc.). Students will create film trailers that reflect their understanding of the French language and cultural realities. Films include L’argent de poche (Truffaut, 1976), Rue Cases-Nègres (Palcy, 1983), Au revoir les enfants (Malle, 1987), Chocolat (Denis, 1988), Le dîner de cons (Veber, 1998), Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (Varda 2000), Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (Dupeyron, 2003), Comme une image (Jaoui 2004), Caché (Haneke 2005) and Holy Motors (Carax, 2012). A common website and in-class presentations will allow students to share and discuss their findings. Conversation exchanges with native speakers will enrich the exploration of these representations of the French-speaking world. Conducted in French.
Corequisite: Students are required to attend Language Series.