Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A11. "The Seventh Art": French Cinema from the Lumière Brothers to the Twenty-First Century

What is implied by the expression “the seventh art”? How have French directors resisted or appropriated the dominant Hollywood formula for film making? How have they challenged social, political and sexual norms? In what ways have French directors influenced world cinema? In this seminar we study films from the silent period, to Poetic Realism, Surrealism, the New Wave and beyond. Our goals: to learn how to “read” films, to understand how they were made, what they say about French culture, and how they influenced world cinema. Directors include Carné, Renoir, Cocteau, Truffaut, Godard, Rohmer, Buñuel, Varda, Denis, Beineix, Ozon, Haneke. (Films are subtitled in English)

Jonathan David WalshJonathan David Walsh
Professor of French Studies