Cinema Class 2019

MOVIE NIGHT!! 

PLEASE NOTE THE DATES. THE FILMS WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS.

Like many already know, L’Union Française offers a once a month cinema night. Starting this Fall, in addition to the cinema night, we will also offer a night of theory and discussion as it relates to the film.

Everyone is welcome, even if you are not a student at L’Union Française…..so feel free to come and invite your friends and family.

Please find below the list of dates and films coming this Fall semester. If interested, please contact me at manon.bellet@gmail.com a week before each session.

We will be happy to share this movie night with you with wine and popcorn!

About the Lesson

First Wednesday of the Month from 6:45 to 9:00 PM screening night. Last Wednesday of the month film theory night.

This class will give you a chance to discover a diverse mix of classic and contemporary French films and theory related to the film.

Each session will be divided into two parts:

Presentation of the film, its director; viewing excerpts of the film and analysis of the language; vocabulary and expressions related to cinema in general and the featured film.

The entire film is in French with English subtitles!

Fee: $12 per session

or $60 for the full semester with a class two time a month.

Mercredi 11 Septembre–Film

La promesse de L’aube,  film d’Éric Barbier–2018
The promise of dawn is a Franco-Belgium biographical drama co-written and directed by Eric Barbier, released in 2017. It is the adaptation of Romain Gary’s eponymous novel [1960] and the homonymous film by Jules Dassin [1970]. From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times.

Merdredi 25 Septembre–Théorie

Cours de théorie du cinéma, introduction et discussion autour des films de Jacques Tati.  Jacques Tati was a French mime, filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. Throughout his long career, he worked as a comic actor, writer, and director. In a poll conducted by Entertainment Weekly of the Greatest Movie Directors, Tati was voted the 46th greatest of all time.

Mercredi 2 octobre–Film

Deux hommes dans Manhattan–Jean-Pierre Melville, 1959
Two Men in Manhattan (French: Deux hommes dans Manhattan) is a 1959 French film-noir directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. The film stars Melville (who also wrote the screenplay) and Pierre Grasset as two French journalists in New York City searching for a missing United Nations diplomat.

Mercredi 23 octobre–Théorie

Cours de théorie du cinéma, introduction et discussion autour des films de François Truffaut and the New Wave movement.

François Roland Truffaut (French: 6 February 1932 – 21 October 1984) was a French film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film critic. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the French New Wave. In a film career lasting over a quarter of a century, he remains an icon of the French film industry, having worked on over 25 films. Truffaut’s film The 400 Blows came to be a defining film of the French New Wave movement, and was followed by four sequels, Antoine et Colette, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, and Love on the Run, between 1958 and 1979.

Truffaut’s 1973 film Day for Night earned him critical acclaim and several accolades, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His other notable films include Shoot the Piano Player (1960), Jules and Jim (1961), The Soft Skin (1964), The Wild Child (1970), Two English Girls (1971), The Last Metro (1980), and The Woman Next Door (1981).

Mercredi 6 novembre–Film

Villages visages–Agnes Varda, JR, 2017
Faces Places (French: Visages Villages) is a 2017 French documentary film directed by Agnès Varda and JR. It was screened out of competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival where it won the L’Œil d’or award. The film follows Varda and JR traveling around rural France, creating portraits of the people they come across. It was released on 28 June 2017 in France and 6 October 2017 in the United States. 

Mercredi 20 novembre–Théorie

cours de théorie du cinéma, introduction et discussion autour des films d’ Agnes Varda
Agnès Varda (French: 30 May 1928 – 29 March 2019) was a Belgian-born French film director, photographer and artist. Her work was pioneering for, and central to, the development of the widely influential French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Her films focused on achieving documentary realism, addressing feminist issues, and/or producing other social commentary, with a distinctive experimental style.

Varda’s work employed location shooting in an era when the limitations of sound technology made it easier and more common to film indoors, with constructed sets and painted backdrops of landscapes, rather than the real thing. Her use of non-professional actors was also unconventional in the context of 1950s French cinema. Among other awards and nominations, she received an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, an Academy Honorary Award, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Mercredi 4 décembre–Film

les quatre cents coups–François  Truffaut, 1959
French New Wave, it displays many of the characteristic traits of the movement. Written by Truffaut and Marcel Moussy, the film is about Antoine Doinel, a misunderstood adolescent in Paris who struggles with his parents and teachers due to his rebellious behavior. Filmed on location in Paris and Honfleur, it is the first in a series of five films in which Léaud plays the semi-autobiographical character.

The 400 Blows received numerous awards and nominations, including the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director, the OCIC Award, and a Palme d’Or nomination in 1959, and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing in 1960. The film had 4.1 million admissions in France, making it Truffaut’s most successful film in his home country.

The 400 Blows is widely considered one of the best French films in the history of cinema; in the 2012 Sight & Sound critics’ poll of the greatest films ever made.

Mercredi 18 décembre–Théorie

cours de théorie du cinéma, introduction et discussion autour des films de Jean-Luc Godardand the New Wave movement.
Jean-Luc Godard 1930) is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He rose to prominence as a pioneer of the 1960s French New Wave film movement. 
New Wave (French: La Nouvelle Vague) is a French film movement which emerged in the 1950s and 1960s. It is a form of European art cinema,and is often referred to as one of the most influential movements in the history of cinema. New Wave filmmakers were linked by their rejection of the traditional film conventions then dominating France, and by a spirit of iconoclasm. Common features of the New Wave included radical experimentation with editing, visual style, and narrative, as well as engagement with the social and political upheavals of the era.

New Wave (French: La Nouvelle Vague) is a French film movement which emerged in the 1950s and 1960s. It is a form of European art cinema,and is often referred to as one of the most influential movements in the history of cinema. New Wave filmmakers were linked by their rejection of the traditional film conventions then dominating France, and by a spirit of iconoclasm. Common features of the New Wave included radical experimentation with editing, visual style, and narrative, as well as engagement with the social and political upheavals of the era.

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