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Masterpieces of French Cinema | Summer School course

Discover five masterpieces of French cinema in this new Summer School tour.

From A$2,615 AUD

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Highlights

  1. 1. Think more about how French films are received by different audiences, and how their meanings shift in different contexts.
  2. 2. Deepen your understanding of the French cinematic tradition, and learn more about various film techniques, theories, and ways of approaching cinema aesthetics.
  3. 3. Visit the beautiful State Theatre of Hobart, a historic, art-deco cinema built in 1913, for a screening of a newly-released arthouse film (if possible, a recent French film).
  4. 4. Visit the Tasmania Museum to see the collection devoted to Louise Lovely, the first Australian film star in Hollywood.
Masterpieces of French Cinema | Summer School course itinerary

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09 January 2022

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Masterpieces of French Cinema Summer School course

Each day of the program is devoted to a different masterpiece of French cinema. The mornings will start with an interactive lecture on the different visual languages and conventions that film critics tend to associate with these traditions. We then hone in on a particular director, exploring his or her larger body of work, before introducing the necessary context for the afternoon’s film. After the screening, we will discuss some of the technical aspects of the film (including camerawork, lighting, music, etc.) as well as broader themes and ideas. Throughout the course, we’ll also be thinking about how foreign-language films are consumed by different audiences, and how the meaning of such films changes when they are screened in different contexts.

The course is designed to introduce participants to a range of French films that are artistic and left-of-centre, but which are also accessible and entertaining selections!

The course begins in the silent era, with Carl Theodor Dreyer’s masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), an unforgettable film about the trial of Joan of Arc. We then turn to Jean Renoir’s 1939 film The Rules of the Game (La Règle du Jeu), before studying Jacques Tati’s 1953 comedy Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot). In the final stages of the week, we explore Jean-Luc Godard’s groundbreaking 1960 film Breathless (À bout de souffle), as a representative of French New Wave cinema, before turning to a more recent masterpiece, Xavier Beauvois’s Of Gods and Men (2010).

Summer School classes for mature and senior travellers

Odyssey offers a collection of week-long learning programs offered each January in Hobart, Tasmania. Courses are refreshed for each year’s programs. Classes are limited to 15 people.

Over the last twenty-five years, Odyssey’s small group Summer School Program has given countless travellers an unforgettable educational and travel experience. Each summer, we prepare and offer fun and challenging special interest courses and programs designed to give travellers the options and opportunity to learn about history, religion, Australian culture, and the arts, among many other topics. These courses are designed in such a way that enthusiasts can deepen their knowledge of a particular topic or be initiated into new understandings on a subject.

These programs offered are tailor-made for mature-aged and senior travellers who are eager to explore in-depth a particular topic. Summer school learning programs for mature and senior travellers who are and remain curious about the world. Read more about our philosophy of the Odyssey Summer Schools.

Itinerary

7 days

Day 1: Hobart

The tour will begin with a welcome dinner at the hotel, where we have the chance to meet other Summer School participants.

Day 2: Hobart

On the first day of the program, we begin at 9.30am with a lecture on the silent era, centered around Carl Theodor Dreyer’s masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), an unforgettable film about the trial of Joan of Arc. We also learn about the early developments of cinema in France, with brief screenings of silent shorts by Melies. We learn about the extraordinary technical difficulties involved in producing Dreyer’s film, and think though its artistic response to European civilization. The lecture also sets up the context of the film and explores various reception issues.

After a break for morning tea at 11am, we begin the film, which continues until lunch at roughly 12.30/1pm. After the lunch break, we enjoy a detailed group discussion about the film.

Day 3: Hobart

Today, we begin at 9.30am with a lecture on Jean Renoir’s 1939 classic The Rules of the Game (La Règle du Jeu),. We learn about the historical significance of this film, and set up its complex use of framing and shots to generate an unforgettably intimate film experience.

After a break for morning tea at 11am, we begin the film, which continues until lunch at roughly 12.30/1pm. After the lunch break, we enjoy a detailed group discussion about the film.

Day 4: Hobart

Today, we begin at 9.30am with a lecture on Jacques Tati’s 1953 comedy Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot), which documents the madcap exploits of an eccentric traveller. Together, we explore the cultural significance of this film, and think through its long legacy in French cinema.

After a break for morning tea at 11am, we begin the film, which continues until lunch at roughly 12.30/1pm. After the lunch break, we enjoy a detailed group discussion about the film.

Day 5: Hobart

Today, we begin at 9.30am with a lecture on Jean-Luc Godard’s groundbreaking 1960 film Breathless (À bout de souffle), as a representative of French New Wave cinema,. The lecture situates this vibrant cinematic movement in post-war French society, and explores its many cinematic innovations. Together, we explore the complex relationship at the heart of this film, and consider its oscillation between sentimentalism and realism. We also look at what a number of film theorists have had to say about its use of perspective and focalisation.

After a break for morning tea at 11am, we begin the film, which continues until lunch at roughly 12.30/1pm. After the lunch break, we enjoy a detailed group discussion about the film.

Day 6: Hobart

On the final day of the program, we meet at 9.30am with a lecture on Xavier Beauvois’s Of Gods and Men (2010). The lecture asks why this film might be so revered in France and little-known throughout the rest of the world, as well as exploring its complex treatment of religion and colonialism.

After a break for morning tea at 11am, we begin the film, which continues until lunch at roughly 12.30/1pm. After the lunch break, we enjoy a detailed group discussion about the film. In the afternoon, we also head down to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, to see the material relating to Louise Lovely, Australia’s first Hollywood film star.

Evening We enjoy a farewell dinner together with other Odyssey Summer School groups.

Day 7: Hobart

The tour will end after breakfast.

Includes / Excludes

What’s included in our Tour

  • 6 nights in full en suite accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners.
  • Lectures and handouts as indicated.
  • Services of a study leader and lecturers.
  • Complimentary wifi.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Costs of a personal nature.
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate

Participants must be able to carry their own luggage, climb and descend stairs, moderate walking on uneven surfaces between 3 - 5 kilometers per day. Suitable for most fitness levels

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Reading List Download PDF

The Oxford History of World Cinema

From its humble beginnings as a novelty in a handful of cities, cinema has risen to become a billion-dollar industry and the most spectacular and original contemporary art form. In The Oxford History of World Cinema, an international team of film historians traces the history of this enduringly popular entertainment medium. Covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact, the book celebrates and chronicles over one hundred years of diverse achievement from westerns to the New Wave, from animation to the avant-garde, and from Hollywood to Hong Kong.

The Oxford History of World Cinema tells the story of the major inventions and developments in the cinema business, its institutions, genres, and personnel, and they outline the evolution of national cinemas round the world--the varied and distinctive film traditions that have developed alongside Hollywood. A unique aspect of the book are the special inset features on the film-makers and personalities--Garbo and Godard, Keaton and Kurosawa, Bugs Bunny and Bergman--who have had an enduring impact in popular memory and cinematic lore. With over 280 illustrations, a full bibliography, and an extensive index, this is the buff's ultimate guide to cinema worldwide.

By Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (Editor)

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Traditions in World Cinema

Traditions in World Cinema brings together a colorful and wide ranging collection of world cinematic traditions—national, regional, and global—all of which are in need of introduction, investigation and, in some cases, critical reassessment. The movements described range from well-known traditions such as German expressionism, Italian neorealism, French, British, and Czech new wave, and new Hollywood cinema to those of emerging significance, such as Danish Dogma, postcommunist cinema, Brazilian post–Cinema Novo, new Argentine cinema, pre-independence African film traditions, Israeli persecution films, new Iranian cinema, Hindi film songs, Chinese wenyi pian melodrama, Japanese horror, and global found-footage cinema.

The essays, all written by recognized experts in the field, are jargon free and accessible to both general readers and students. In addition, each chapter is followed by a list of suggested films and readings, offering readers pathways to further viewing and study.

Bringing fresh insights to those movements that have provided significant and noteworthy alternatives to Hollywood, this book is an essential introduction to the rich diversity of world cinema.

By Linda Badley (Editor),‎ R. Barton Palmer (Editor),‎ Steven Jay Schneider (Editor)

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World Cinema through Global Genres

World Cinema through Global Genres introduces the complex forces of global filmmaking using the popular concept of film genre. The cluster-based organization allows students to acquire a clear understanding of core issues that apply to all films around the world.

~ Innovative pedagogical approach that uses genres to teach the more unfamiliar subject of world cinema
~ A cluster-based organization provides a solid framework for students to acquire a sharper understanding of core issues that apply to all films around the world
~ A “deep focus” section in each chapter gives students information and insights about important regions of filmmaking (India, China, Japan, and Latin America) that tend to be underrepresented in world cinema classes
~ Case studies allow students to focus on important and accessible individual films that exemplify significant traditions and trends
~ A strong foundation chapter reviews key concepts and vocabulary for understanding film as an art form, a technology, a business, an index of culture, a social barometer, and a political force.
~ The engaging style and organization of the book make it a compelling text for both world cinema and film genre courses

By William V. Costanzo

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Remapping World Cinema: Identity, Culture, and Politics in Film

With films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), Oldboy (2003) and Good Bye Lenin! (2003), the state and popularity of world cinema has rarely been healthier. Remapping World Cinema explores many of the key critical and theoretical approaches and debates, including race, stardom, post-colonialism as well as national cinemas' relationship with Hollywood. Covering a broad scope, the book examines the cinemas of Africa, East Asia, India, Latin, Central and South America as well as the various territories of Europe.

By Stephanie Dennison (Editor),‎ Song Hwee Lim (Editor)

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Cinemas of the World: Film and Society from 1895 to the Present

The cinema has been the pre-eminent popular art form of the 20th century. In Cinemas of the World, James Chapman examines the relationship between film and society in the modern world: film as entertainment medium, film as a reflection of national cultures and preoccupations, film as an instrument of propaganda. He also explores two interrelated issues that have recurred throughout the history of cinema: the economic and cultural hegemony of Hollywood on the one hand, and, on the other, the attempts of film-makers elsewhere to establish indigenous national cinemas drawing on their own cultures and societies.

Chapman examines the rise to dominance of Hollywood cinema in the silent and early sound periods. He discusses the characteristic themes of American movies from the Depression to the end of the Cold War especially those found in the western and film noir – genres that are often used as vehicles for exploring issues central to us society and politics. He looks at national cinemas in various European countries in the period between the end of the First World War and the end of the Second, which all exhibit the formal and aesthetic properties of modernism. The emergence of the so-called "new cinemas" of Europe and the wider world since 1960 are also explored.

By James Chapman

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The second edition of this innovative textbook brings together leading scholars to provide detailed analyses of twenty-two key films within the canon of French cinema, from the 1920s to the 1990s. Films discussed include:
* masterpieces such as Renoir's La Bete Humaine and Carne's Les Enfants du Paradis
* popular classics such as Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot and Ma Nuit chez Maud
* landmarks of the New Wave such as Les 400 Coups and A bout de souffle
* important films of the 1990s such as Nikita and La Haine
The films are considered in relation to such issues as the history of French cinema, the social and cultural contexts of their production and reception, the relationship with Hollywood cinema, gender politics, authorship and genre. Each article is accompanied with a guide to further reading and a filmography of the director, and the new edition also includes a fully revised introduction and a bibliography on French cinema.

By French Film: Texts and Contexts

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