FREN 228
FREN 228 - Paris, CinéCity

This course focuses on the institutions of French film culture and the places they assume in an increasingly digital world. With its 88 cinemas, in addition to the Cinémathèque Française, film archives, film museums, and ciné-clubs, Paris is by far the most cinephilic city on the planet. To understand its film culture, one has to look more closely into the spaces that constitute cinema theaters, those physical sites where film functions within the larger socio-economic dynamics of the world at large. The course will examine the ways in which films are circulated, how they are seen, shared and experienced, as well as the ways in which they figure in the city’s policies. Readings on the history of the key film institutions and their seminal role in French history will accompany on-site visits and archival research to be conducted during the two weeks in Paris. During the course’s third week on the Wellesley campus, students will complete an oral presentation and a final paper.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 14

Prerequisites: At least one unit of FREN 206, FREN 207, FREN 208, FREN 209 or above, or an equivalent departmental placement score.

Instructor: Morari

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature; ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video

Typical Periods Offered: Winter

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered