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Course code: FREN4212.
Course unit value: 0.5.
This option 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 and Yves Yersin). 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.
Assessment: two assessed 3,000 word essays (100%).
Tutor: Dr Roland-François Lack.
- 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)
Secondary reading and viewing matter will be recommended at a later date.