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CLASSIC FRENCH CINEMA

28 Mar

Provide a sequence analysis of 1500 words (+/-10%), in English, on the question below.

 

Two paper copies of your answers must be submitted by 4.30 p.m. on Friday 22 March to the School Office on Level 6.

 

In addition to the two paper copies, the School requires all students to submit an electronic copy of their essay to the assignment section of the relevant module’s Blackboard site. The deadline for submitting an electronic version of your essay is the same as for the submission of your paper copies.

 

For the rules governing submitted work, including the rules on plagiarism and collusion, please see the School of Modern Languages’ Undergraduate Degree Programme Handbook, Sections 10 and 11.

 

You must clearly acknowledge all work taken from other sources, including internet sources, each time you use such a source in your essay. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism; this is dealt with very severely by the University and could put your course of study in jeopardy.

 

If you do not have a copy of the Handbook, please obtain one from the SML office, room 6.17.

 

Please remember that it is YOUR obligation to know the rules and to abide by them.

 

FRE2005

 

Question

 

  1. Provide a list of shots and a 1500 word analysis of this sequence, taken from L’Atalante (Vigo, 1934): from 45m46s (Jean and Juliette run along the river bank) to 52m51s (Jean and Juliette leave the guinguette/riverside dance hall). The sequence is available as a chapter via IPTV and also on Blackboard: FRE2005/Assessment/Mid-term assessment.

 

Your shot breakdown should provide brief details of framing, camerawork, mise en scène, editing and sound. This should be followed by an analysis written in prose focusing on two or three key stylistic or thematic features of the sequence, using specific examples of framing, camerawork, mise en scène, editing or sound to back up your points. You may refer to your shot breakdown when providing these specific examples and you may use still images from the film to illustrate your answer.

 

The questions below are provided as a guide to help you in your analysis of this sequence. You are not expected to conduct extensive additional research for this exercise; the main focus should be on the sequence. However, if you do draw on secondary sources you have found useful, you are expected to provide references for them.

 

You may wish to consider some of the following points in your answer:

 

  • Where does this sequence occur in the film?
  • What is its function?
  • The structure of the sequence
  • The construction of space in the guinguette (riverside dance hall)
  • The relationship between Jean and Juliette
  • The role of the pedlar
  • The tone of the sequence (e.g. realist, surrealist, comic, poetic, romantic, erotic, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

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