Further information on Spring 2018 courses


Dana Strand: The Seventh Art – France Goes to the Movies


Course text

There will be no assigned text.  A locally produced packet of readings will be distributed in class, costing $7 (included in $57 course fee: $50 tuition + $7 packet).


Expanded description

Brief readings (under 10 pages for each film) and prepared questions designed to provide guidance as students view the films before coming to class will complement lectures and discussions. Of course, students’ own questions and comments will be welcome. Films will be shown at VOC beginning at 1:30 each Friday during the term.  (Please note that most of the films are not available as part of your Netflix subscription but will require a one-time rental fee if viewed at home.)

Schedule of classes (subject to modification)

Week One:  Introduction to course and to basics of film analysis through a discussion of clips drawn from Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country

Week Two:  Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion (1937)

Week Three:  Marcel Carné’s Port of Shadows (1938)

Week Four:  François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959)

Week Five:  Louis Malle’s Lacombe Lucien (1979) or Au revoir les enfants (1987)

Week Six:  Claire Denis’s Chocolat (1988)

Week Seven:  Michael Haneke’s Caché (2005)

Week Eight:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie (2001)