Emory Cinematheque, a free weekly series of 35mm film screenings, returns  Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. with the 1937 war film Le Grande Illusion (1937), directed by Jean Renoir.

The series’ theme for the spring 2014 semester is “Global French Cinema.” Curated by Charlie Michael, an assistant professor in Emory’s Department of French and Italian, “Global French Cinema” explores the global current that permeates the history of French film and is comprised of a mix of canonical examples of French cinema and contemporary titles with specifically “global” themes and influences.

“The idea I had for the series [and accompanying Emory College class] is to discuss the ways in which French cinema — so often conceived as a “national” history of directors and art movements — has actually had global elements for its entire history,” says Michael.

The series includes:

Jan. 22: La Grande Illusion / Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)

Jan. 29: Les enfants du paradis / Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné, 1945)

Feb. 5: Pierrot le fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)

Feb. 12: La noire de… / Black Girl (Ousmane Sembene, 1966), with Borom Sarret (Sembene, 1964)

Feb. 19:  La nuit américaine / Day for Night (François Truffaut, 1973)

Feb. 26: Mauvais Sang (Leos Carax, 1986)

Mar. 19: Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, 1996)

Mar. 26: La graine et le mulet / The Secret of the Grain (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2007)

Apr. 9: Les glaneurs et la glaneuse / The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2001)

Apr. 16: Incendies (Denis Villeneuve, 2010)

Apr. 23: OSS 117: Caire, le nid d’espions / OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (Michel Hazanavicius, 2006)

The screenings take place on Emory’s campus in White Hall 205 and are free and open to the public. For more information, visit this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

3 replies on “A season of French cinema at Emory”

  1. This looks like fun; I hope to catch some of them, and maybe be stimulated to brush up on my quite stale college French. I must say that I think it’s sort of amusing that the buzzword these days in virtually all American colleges and universities is “global.” Almost every course has to have “global” implications and resonance. This has apparently been mandated by various university administrations and has caught on like wildfire. You’re nothing if you’re not global.

  2. This looks like fun; I hope to catch some of them, and maybe be stimulated to brush up on my quite stale college French. I must say that I think it’s sort of amusing that the buzzword these days in virtually all American colleges and universities is “global.” Almost every course has to have “global” implications and resonance. This has apparently been mandated by various university administrations and has caught on like wildfire. You’re nothing if you’re not global.

  3. This looks like fun; I hope to catch some of them, and maybe be stimulated to brush up on my quite stale college French. I must say that I think it’s sort of amusing that the buzzword these days in virtually all American colleges and universities is “global.” Almost every course has to have “global” implications and resonance. This has apparently been mandated by various university administrations and has caught on like wildfire. You’re nothing if you’re not global.

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