Wednesdays, 22 February; 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March, 2017
10:00am - 11:30am
In the words of the instructor, Colette Juilliard,
“With “French cinema in its European context, 1920-1950”, I’d like to introduce you to a moment in our turbulent and sometimes shameful history in the interwar years. We’ll browse through the different genres which developed within this period and see how all of them were deeply impacted by war: the French felt exhilarated after the Versailles Treaty signed in 1919, while the Germans were making violent and vengeful movies.
Thus two aesthetics –one “noir”, one happy--ran parallel for 20 years, French cinema (and politics, mind you!) never looking over the border to realize what the neighbors were up to.
At this time the French were discovering “la joie de vivre,” jazz, nature, and vacations. Monet, Matisse and Renoir were still painting dreamy landscapes and portraits, and French movies bathed in this utopia of peace, at all costs. Until the day when French cinema had to go underground to escape German censorship.
All in all, the course is an invitation to cruise the French cinema from the 20’s to the 50’s, with some stops in German, British and Italian movies if time allows.
Hope you’ll enjoy the journey!”
Instructor: Art Historian Colette (Coco) Juilliard has a Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate School and an "agrégation" from the French University. The author of several books on the subject of Orientalism in French art and literature, she also taught cinema at Skidmore College in Paris.