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HBDA 5160 - TV shows and contemporary film: criticism and analysis

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

Class discussions will be led in English and we will mostly pick films and TV shows in English (or with English subtitles available concerning TV shows). However, we might sometimes decide on a newly released foreign film playing only with French subtitles (for example: an Italian film with French subtitles, etc.). Thus it is strongly advised that students know enough French to have a rough understanding of said subtitles.

Course Description

From mainstream blockbusters to auteur films, from HBO's big successes to independent shows, this workshop will focus on the criticism and analysis of contemporary films and TV shows. During class discussions and debates, we will comment on their aesthetic choices; their themes and historical implications. We will collectively analyze the editing, the writing, the mise-en-scene, the image and sound work, as well as the context of production and diffusion of these contemporary works

Teachers

LAURET, Virginie (journalist, scriptwriter, teacher)

Pedagogical format

Each session will be divided in two: one hour of discussion on a film recently released (playing in theaters), and one hour of discussion on one or several episodes of a recent or ongoing TV show. The choice of films/episodes will be done with the students, depending on what is currently playing (each film and episode must be watched individually before the session). Each session will begin by having two students initiate the discussions (inscriptions at the beginning of the semester). They will check the press (web, radio, newspapers, etc.) and make a short oral report on how the film/show has been generally received.

Workload

1 feature film + 1 episode or more to watch every week. Because of the nature of the workshop (films have to be watched weekly in the theater) it is recommended that the students purchase an unlimited pass for the movies (Sciences Po won't be able to fund it.)