PICK ONLY 2 OF THE French Films:
The Golden Age of French Cinema: La Règle du jeu
French Surrealist Cinema: La Belle et la bête
French Comedy: Les Vacances de M. Hulot
The Post-War Years / Les Diaboliques
The Years of the French New Wave: Les 400 Coups
The French New Wave, cont. / A Bout de souffle
French Cinema of the 70s / Le Cercle rouge
French Cinema of the 1980’s/”Cinéma du Look”: Diva
French Cinema of the 1980’s, cont.: Le Rayon vert
French Cinema of the 1980’s, cont. Cyrano de Bergerac
You are required to
write a 3-4page term paper/film analysis (excluding bibliography). The standard is approximately 300 words per page or approximately 1,000-1,200 words total. The paper is to be typed, double spaced, 12 pt font, with 1” margins in MS WORD .
In this paper, you are asked
1.To choose ONE of the themes
e.Deception / Self-Deception
f. Refusal / Rejection
2. To compare/contrast/analyze TWO of the
assigned films, aiming for appropriate application of
basic theories of critical interpretation in the humanities, to help students develop the ability to construct their own artistic, literary, philosophical, religious, linguistic,
and/ or historical interpretations according to the standards of a humanistic discipline;and
3. To use knowledge gleaned from the readings to inform your critical analysis of all of the assigned films
You are to focus on the films themselves AND to integrate some research resources, including books, articles and scholarly web materials, to inform your analysis.
Your textbook is a good resource on how
to write / structure the paper.BE PROACTIVE: You may need to get materials through Inter library
Loan, so you want to leave yourself enough time to obtain the materials.
: This is a university level film analysis, not a film review, not a personal response paper, and not a
plot summary. Be mindful of your reader (me) and make sure that your analysis is understandable substantive,logical, and convincing. DO NOT make your reader do the work of sorting out what you are
proposing to discuss and prove.
A one two paragraph introduction identifying the
film,directors and release dates,including a
statement of the thesis of your paper and
an outline/road map of your argument.
Rich and organized
development of your thesis with (typically) THREE substantive supporting arguments.
Effective use of any research sources you have consulted (books, articles, and web sites, excluding
Wikipedia). FSU has a subscription to JSTOR and
Project MUSE online resources.