JCM312 International Cinema

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olobovivige TCF 340 International Cinema is a discussion-oriented course taught by Jeremy Butler.

Course objectives

TCF 340 assumes the student understands generally the contours of international cinema history. The course's objective therefore is to investigate in some depth the cinematic work of a particular nation and the historical/theoretical issues pertaining to it. This term our topic will be the French cinema.

The online syllabus is over here (Fall 2007):


Extra credit

Do some major editing work on Wikipedia.

  • "Major" means adding significant new material to a Wikipedia article or creating a new article. Generally, this should involve two-to-three paragraphs of new material, as a minimum.
  • The student may earn up to 3 extra credit points editing Wikipedia. The point value will be determined by Dr. Butler. You must send him the URL of the article you've edited and you must edit it under your own name (no nicknames).
  • The editing must be done by midnight the Friday of the last week of classes: 7 December 2007.
  • Suggested Wikipedia articles to edit.
    • As I notice Wikipedia articles that need help, I'll list them here; but you're encouraged to find your own to edit. For a sample of how an individual article about a specific film should look, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bringing_up_Baby .
    • There is a general Wikiproject that focuses on film and specifies film topics that need work. Also, Wikipedia maintains a list of articles which need expansion, which it calls "stubs." The list of film-related stubs is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Film_stubs .
    • Long shot
    • Low-key lighting
    • Low-angle shot
    • Shot reverse shot
    • Eyeline match
    • 30 degree rule
    • Alexandre Astruc
    • Andrew Sarris
    • The Crime of Monsieur Lange
    • Zéro de Conduite (Zero for Conduct)
    • Le Jour se lève
    • Hiroshima Mon Amour
    • The Bakery Girl of Monceau
    • Chloe in the Afternoon (look for Love in the Afternoon (1972 film) on Wikipedia)
    • Vagabond
    • Chocolat (look for Chocolat (1988 film) on Wikipedia)
    • Soft and Hard
    • Anne-Marie Miéville
    • Claire Denis
    • Institut des hautes études cinématographiques
    • In Praise of Love (look for Eloge de l'amour)

Online study guides

Chronological order

List of lecture notes

Category:TCF340 Lecture

List of discussion notes

Category:TCF340 Discussion

Texts & resources


  1. David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction, Eighth Edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007). Additional resources are available on its companion Website.

Articles and book chapters