Online course: Paris Belongs To Them: The French New Wave (1956-65)

A 12-WEEK ONLINE COURSE (Autumn, 2022)

In this original film studies course, to be delivered via the Google Meet platform, we’ll study 14 feature films and 7 shorts from the legendary French New Wave (1956-65).

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.

Weekly session: Sundays at 12pm PT/3pm ET (North America)
(8pm UK time/9pm 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.)

Price per student: US$140. Contact me at for further information.


September 11
Lecture 1. Introduction/Jean-Luc Godard
BREATHLESS (1960) [87min]

September 18
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]
MOI, UN NOIR (1957) – Jean Rouch [70mins]
Readings: Alexandre Astruc, ‘La Camera-Stylo’ (1948); François Truffaut, ‘A Certain Tendency of the French Cinema’ (1954)

September 25
Lecture 3. Alain Resnais

October 2
Lecture 4. Louis Malle
ZAZIE DANS LE MÉTRO (1960) [89mins]

October 9
Lecture 5. Jacques Rivette
PARIS BELONGS TO US (1961) [144mins]

October 16
Lecture 6. François Truffaut
SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER (1960) [92mins]
ANTOINE AND COLETTE (1962) [32mins]

October 23
Lecture 7. Cinéma Vérité
CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER (1961) – Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin [85mins]


November 6
Lecture 8. Jacques Rozier
ADIEU PHILIPPINE (1962) [105mins]

November 13
Lecture 9. Agnès Varda
CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7 (1962) [90mins]
SALUT LES CUBAINS (1963) [30mins]

November 20
Lecture 10. Strange Adventures
ALPHAVILLE (1965) – Jean-Luc Godard [99mins]
LA JETÉE (1962) – Chris Marker [28mins]

November 27
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]

December 4
Lecture 12. A Film Is Like A Battleground
PIERROT LE FOU (1965) – Jean-Luc Godard [110mins]

Header image: Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons [File:1965Paris006.jpg]