The French often speak of l’Exception Culturelle, their tradition of cultural difference and autonomy, and this term is most often invoked in discussions about French cinema. What makes French cinema distinctive? Why does this industry often insist on its uniqueness and its difference from Hollywood? The course compares the ways in which France and Hollywood treat common themes or genres. To what extent do movies reveal different cultural values and different ways of seeing the world? Are there forms of censorship that apply in one country but not in the other? Numerous film screenings. French films are shown with English subtitles.
For Syracuse University students, this course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core requirement for humanities.
Semesters: Fall, Spring