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FREN4212 - Swiss Cinema

Value: 0.5 course units
Dr Roland-François Lack
Teaching structure:
two assessed 3,000 word essays (100%).

Module Description:

This module will provide an introduction to filmmaking in French-speaking Switzerland by concentrating on important works by Michel Soutter and Alain Tanner from the moment of the Swiss New Wave (1966-72), viewed in relation to later work from the ‘70s by these and other Swiss filmmakers (Claude Goretta, Patricia Moraz, Yves Yersin and Jean-Luc Godard). Alongside considerations of form, we shall focus on recurrent thematic preoccupations in these films, including the city/country opposition, the idea of Swissness and questions of gender representation.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

Primary films:

  • Michel Soutter: La Lune entre les dents (1967); Haschich (1968); La Pomme (1969)
  • Alain Tanner: Charles Mort ou vif (1969); La Salamandre (1971); Le Milieu du monde (1974); Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000 (1976)
  • Claude Goretta: L’Invitation (1973)
  • Patricia Moraz: Les Indiens sont encore loin (1977)
  • Yves Yersin: Les petites fugues (1979)
  • Jean-Luc Godard Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980)

Secondary reading and viewing matter will be recommended at a later date.