Gemma Edney

January 2015

MLF1119: French Cinema from the New Wave to the Present Day

France was arguably the birthplace of cinema and is home to one of the most important film cultures and national cinemas in the world. This module offers students an introduction to French cinema from the late 1950s (and the emergence of the nouvelle vague) to the present day. Through a detailed study of individual films, the module introduces key moments, movements, and trends in French cinema since the 1950s such as beur cinema, the cinéma du look and new realism. It also considers the wide range of films that have been produced in France since the 1950s, from art house cinema to popular mainstream comedy, placing them in their industrial, artistic and socio-political context.