Contemporary French Film and Social Issues

A beautiful young brunette converses with a man who dominates the frame.

Image from Jean-Luc Goddard's Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux, which depicts Nana (Anna Karina) as she gradually descends into prostitution. (Courtesy of Ian E. Hill on Flickr. License: CC BY-NC.)


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This course covers issues in contemporary French society as expressed through movies made in the 2000s. Topics include France's national self-image, the women's movement, sexuality and gender, family life and class structure, post-colonialism and immigration, and American cultural imperialism. Films by Lelouch, Audiard, Doillon, Denis, Klapisch, Resnais, Rouan, Balasko, Collard, Dridi, Kassovitz, and others. Readings from French periodicals. Films shown with English subtitles. Taught in French.

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Catherine Clark. 21G.341 Contemporary French Film and Social Issues. Spring 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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