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BJ111 French Film Discussion

  • 11 Jan 2023
  • 29 Mar 2023
  • 11 sessions
  • 11 Jan 2023, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (CET)
  • 18 Jan 2023, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (CET)
  • 25 Jan 2023, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (CET)
  • 01 Feb 2023, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (CET)
  • 08 Feb 2023, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (CET)
  • 15 Feb 2023, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (CET)
  • 22 Feb 2023, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (CET)
  • 08 Mar 2023, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (CET)
  • 15 Mar 2023, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (CET)
  • 22 Mar 2023, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (CET)
  • 29 Mar 2023, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM (CEST)
  • Online via Zoom - Exceptionally, the first class, January 11, will be a lunch held at La Coupole, 102 Bd du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
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Course Description

For this advanced French course, you will watch a film at home (available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Canal Plus, Orange, YouTube and other platforms) before a lively and engaging discussion in class.

Each week a new film provides a basis for an immersive lesson with authentic spoken language and cultural reference points. Watching films is entertaining and enjoyable which breaks psychological barriers that can arise in traditional language learning.

If you love movies, there’s no more enjoyable way to increase vocabulary, improve conversational skills, and deepen your understanding of French culture.

You can expect to view a wide range of films from the classic to the contemporary in many different genres. Here are the films tentatively scheduled for the winter trimester:

A la Folie…. Pas du tout (2002). Thriller. Romance. Un film de Laetitia Colombani avec Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carré.

Varda par Agnès (2019). Un documentaire par/avec/sur Agnès Varda.

La Belle et la Bête (1946). Drame. Fantastique. Romance. Un film de Jean Cocteau avec Jean Marais, Josette Day, Marcel André.

Papicha (2019). Drame. Un film franco-algérien de Mounia Meddour, avec Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella.

Le goût des autres (2000). Comédie dramatique. Un
film d’Agnès Jaoui, avec Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gérard
Lanvin, Alain Chabat.

Le Jour se lève (1939). Drame. Romance. Un film de Marcel Carné, avec Jean Gabin, Jules Berry, Arletty.

Mauvaises herbes (2018). Un film de Kheiron, avec Kheiron, Catherine Deneuve, André Dussollier.

Le procès de Bobigny (2020). Un film de François Luciani, avec Anouk Grinberg, Sandrine Bonnaire, Juliette Lamboley.

Léon Morin, prêtre (1961). Drame, romance. Un film de Jean-Pierre Melville, avec Jean-Paul Belmondo et Emmanuelle Riva.

Asphalte (2015). Comédie dramatique. Un film de Samuel Benchetrit, avec Isabelle Huppert, Gustave Kervern, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

Hôtel du Nord (1938). Comédie dramatique. Un film de Marcel Carné, avec Louis Jouvet, Arletty, Annabella.

Note: The first class, on 11 January, will be a lunch held at La Coupole, 102 Bd du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris. All other classes will be held online, and a Zoom link will be sent by email the day before the course begins.

Instructor

 Valérie Brosbrann grew up in Paris and moved to the US in 1981 where she lived for 38 years in New York City, Washington, D.C and Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She has been teaching French since 1986. She taught adults with the US State Department, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Afterwards, she taught at private high schools in Manhattan. She has taught all levels of French including Advanced and AP classes. She returned to Paris for retirement in 2018 and has been volunteering with WICE for four years.

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