Online course: Paris Belongs to Them: The French New Wave (1955-65)

PARIS BELONGS TO THEM

THE FRENCH NEW WAVE (1955-65)

A 12-WEEK ONLINE COURSE (May – July, 2022)

PRESENTED BY MATTHEW ASPREY GEAR

In this original film studies course, to be delivered via the Google Meet platform, we’ll study 13 feature films and 7 shorts from the legendary French New Wave (1955-65).

The course will examine this revolutionary film movement as well as the careers of directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, Jacques Rivette, Louis Malle, and Alain Resnais, along with lesser known filmmakers such as Jacques Rozier and Jean Rouch. The lectures will explore these films in the wider context of French culture, history, and politics.

Classes are limited to a maximum of 12 students. Each week I’ll give an original lecture presentation and then lead an in-depth group discussion. All participants will have a chance to contribute. The only weekly homework will be to watch a film (or two). There will be no final exam or essay. This course is designed purely for enjoyment and discovery.

I will be running two identical sessions each week to accommodate different international time zones:

American session: Sundays 3pm PT/6pm ET
European session: Mondays 7:30pm UK time/8:30pm CET.

(NB. The lecture portion of the session will be recorded and available for download if you are unable to attend a live session and need to catch up.)

LECTURE PLAN

May 1 (US) / 2 (EU)
Lecture 1. Introduction/Jean-Luc Godard
BREATHLESS (1960) [87min]

May 8 (US) / 9 (EU)
Lecture 2. Rising of the Wave
LE COUP DU BERGER (1956) – Jacques Rivette [28mins]
L’OPÉRA-MOUFFE [DIARY OF A PREGNANT WOMAN] (1958) – Agnès Varda [16mins]
LES MISTONS (1957) – François Truffaut [18mins]
Readings: Alexandre Astruc, ‘La Camera-Stylo’ (1948); François Truffaut, ‘A Certain Tendency of the French Cinema’ (1954)

May 15 (US) / 16 (EU)
Lecture 3. Alain Resnais
HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959)
[92mins]
NIGHT AND FOG (1955)
[29mins]

May 22 (US) / 23 (EU)
Lecture 4. Louis Malle
THE LOVERS (1958)
[90mins]
ZAZIE DANS LE MÉTRO (1960) [89mins]

— ONE-WEEK BREAK —

June 5 (US) / 6 (EU)
Lecture 5. Jacques Rivette
PARIS BELONGS TO US (1961) [144mins]

June 12 (US) / 13 (EU)
Lecture 6. François Truffaut
SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER (1960) [92mins]
ANTOINE AND COLETTE (1962) [32mins]

June 19 (US) / (20 (EU)
Lecture 7. Cinéma Vérité
CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER (1961) – Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin [85mins]

June 26 (US) / 27 (EU)
Lecture 8. Jacques Rozier
ADIEU PHILIPPINE (1962) [106mins]

July 3 (US) / 4 (EU)
Lecture 9. Agnès Varda
CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (1962) [90mins]
SALUT LES CUBAINS (1963) [30mins]

— ONE-WEEK BREAK —

July 17 (US) / 18 (EU)
Lecture 10. Strange Adventures
ALPHAVILLE (1965) – Jean-Luc Godard [99mins]
LA JETÉE (1962) – Chris Marker [28mins]

July 24 (US) / 25 (EU)
Lecture 11. Seeing The New Wave
LA BONHEUR [HAPPINESS] (1965)Agnès Varda [80mins]
PARIS VU PAR [SIX IN PARIS] (1965) -Rohmer/Godard/Chabrol/Pollet/Rouch/Douchet [92mins] [American session only]

July 31 (US) / August 1 (EU)
Lecture 12. A Film Is Like A Battleground
PIERROT LE FOU (1965) – Jean-Luc Godard [110mins]