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FR118: Film Screenings and Bibliography


  • Jean Renoir, La Bête humaine (1938)
  • Jacques Audiard, Un héros très discret (1996)

To view these films, please go to the Moodle area of the SRFT page here: 

Basic Reading (on film):
  • David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art (New York: McGraw Hill, 2001).
  • Pam Cook (ed.), The Cinema Book (London: BFI, 2007).
  • Michael Temple and Michael Witt (eds.), The French Cinema Book (London: BFI, 2007).
  • Susan Hayward, French National Cinema (London: Routledge, 2005).
  • Phil Powrie and Keith Reader, French Cinema: A Student's Guide (London: Arnold, 2002).
  • Timothy Corrigan, A Short Guide to Writing About Film (New York: Longman, 1998).
  • Ginette Vincendeau, Stars and Stardom in French Cinema (London; New York: Continuum, 2000)
  • Rémi Lanzoni, French Cinema from its Beginnings to the Present (London; New York: Continuum, 2002)


Some suggestions for secondary reading

La Bête humaine

Journal articles
  • Florianne Wild, 'Colliding with History in La Bête Humaine: Reading Renoir's Cinécriture', Literature/Film Quarterly 31. 2 (2003), 111 - 117. Journal available electronically via the library catalogue.
Book articles
  • Ginette Vincendeau, 'Music, Crime and the Gaze: la Bête humaine (1938)', in Film Moments: Criticism, History, Theory, edited by Tom Brown and James Walters, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 85 - 89.
  • Ginette Vincendeau, 'The Beast's Beauty: Jean Gabin, Masculinity and the French Hero', in Women and Film: A Sight and Sound Reader, edited by Pam Cook and Philip Dodd (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993), pp. 115 - 122.
  • Michele Lagny, 'The Fleeing Gaze: Jean Renoir's La Bète humaine', in French Film: Texts and Contexts, edited by Susan Hayward and Ginette Vincendeau, 42 - 62 (London: Routledge, 2000)
  • Martin O'Shaughnessy, Jean Renoir (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000).
  • Raymond Durgnat, Jean Renoir (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974).

Interviews with Renoir on the film


Un Héros très discret

Journal Articles
Book articles
  • Howard Seal, ‘Screening the past: representing resistance in Un héros très discret', in Lucy Mazdon (ed), France on film: reflections on popular French cinema (London: Wallflower Press, 2001), pp. 107 - 117. Available on FR118 course extracts page.
  • Noël Herpe, 'Jacques Audiard on Un Héros très discret', in French Film Makers on Film Making, edited by John Boorman et al (London: Faber & Faber, 1999), pp. 175 - 182. Available on FR118 course extracts page.
  • Kathryn Lauten, '"Dusting off" Dehousse: Un Héros très discret (Audiard, 1996)', in French Cinema in the 1990s: Continuity and Difference: Essays, edited by Phil Powrie (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. 58 - 68. Available on FR118 course extracts page.
  • Julia Dobson, 'Jacques Audiard: Contesting Filiations', in Kate Ince (ed.), Five Directors: Auteurism from Assayas to Ozon (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008). Available on FR118 course extracts page.

La Bête humaine powerpoint slides(Powerpoint Presentation) 

La Bête humaine lecture recording

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Un héros très discret powerpoint slides(Powerpoint Presentation)

Un héros très discret recorded lecture

Referencing film: see the MHRA handbook (2008) section 11.2.11(PDF Document)