Second 6 Weeks Start Date
Zoom Limit 25
France has been at the forefront of motion pictures since the early days of cinema, from the Lumiere brother’s invention of the Cinematographe in 1895 to the artistic creations of Georges Melies. However, the golden age of French cinema began in the 30’s with the development of sound. In this class we will explore French cinema from this golden age of the 30’s, through the New Wave movement of the 50’s and the political uprising of May, 1968. We will view 6 French classics such as Rules of the Game to act as guides through the eras, discussing social conditions, directors, actors and genres in our analysis of the movies. Participants will watch films online through streaming platforms and join a Zoom session for group discussions.
Assignment: Participants will watch Rules of the Game, directed by Jean Renoir prior to the first meeting.
Coordinator: John Stowe
John Stowe has had a long career in the computer industry and used movies to help see beyond the keyboard. He carried his love of movies into a study of movie history, techniques, genres and players during his retirement, particularly with foreign-language movies.