09 - LA199 French Art and World Cinema The Cannes Film...

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LA199 French Art and World Cinema The Cannes Film Festival Spring Semester 2009 Instructor: Catherine Rios, MFA Assistant Professor of Humanities and Communications Office: W356 Olmsted Office Hours: by appointment; before and after class Telephone: (717)948-6659 E-mail: car33@psu.edu Classroom: TBD Meeting Time: TBD General Overview: Introduction: As the first international post-WWII cultural event, the Cannes Interna- tional Film Festival reflects a truly global community of creative expres- sion. Over its 60-year history, the festival has brought world-renowned filmmakers to the banks of the Mediterranean and has established itself as arguably the most prestigious and influential film competition and market. As it moves forward into its seventh decade, the Cannes International Film Festival continues to foster emerging international filmmakers and to sup- port innovative and significant international work. Course Description This course will provide a survey of the origins of cinema and the main historical movements in international cinema and French artistic culture as a context for examining significant trends in contemporary international film. At Cannes, we will attend festival screenings and experience the festival’s influential film market atmosphere. Students will gain historical and cultural perspectives of film as an expressive medium, and insight into the role of the film festival within the film industry. Other tour opportuni- ties will take advantage of the rich artistic heritage of the region to enrich the student’s cultural experience and to draw connections between the fine arts and film. s Tours available: 1. Cannes: daily film screenings, as available
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2. Antibes: The Picasso Museum in the Chateau Grimaldi 3. Vallauris: Museum of Ceramics and Picasso’s Peace Chapel 4. Aix-en Provence: Cezanne’s Studio 5. Nice: Museums of Chagall and Matisse, the Flower Market, and the Promenade des Anglais 6. Lerins Islands: Museum of the Sea Other artists with nearby museums include Jean Renoir, Victor Vasarely and Fernand Leger. Because the film festival schedule will only be available upon arrival, each morning the group will meet to plan the day’s film screenings and day trips. The students will select which films they wish to see, and which tours they wish to join. Students will be expected to attend 4-7 screenings, and to participate in at least 3 museum tours. In the late afternoon (adjusted for tour schedules), we will meet at a cafe to discuss and share the day’s films and experiences. Students will be expected to attend at least 4 afternoon sessions. Required Texts: Picasso On Art , by Dore Ashton Republic of Images: A History of French Film , by Alan Williams A Short History of Film , by Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster Reserve Readings: Readings from the web will be posted on Angel and other readings will be available electronically through the CAT. Assignments:
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