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Coursework Essay Titles


In addition to the summative assignment that you may be REQUIRED to submit for this module, you have the OPTION to write a formative assignment from the list of questions given below. Please note that formative assignments are for training purposes only and do not count as part of your final degree classification.

We strongly recommend that you submit a formative assignment as it will enable you to hone the skills developed in this module and to prepare for your summative assessment(s).

Deadline for formative assignments:

All formative assignments must be submitted to your module tutor by the beginning of week 8 in terms 1 and/or term 2. Tutors will return your marked assignment by the end of term.

You may, If you wish, discuss the same text/thinker in a summative assignment as you have discussed in a piece of formative assignment, but you must not reproduce in part or whole any of your formative assignment in your summative assignment.

These are formative essay titles. You will receive feedback on your essay but the mark will not be counted toward your end-of-year assessment or degree classification.


Please write 1500-2000 words on ONE of the topics below.


1. ‘The social and psychological complexity of French films tends to be diluted by the production values – both aesthetic and moral – of Hollywood cinema.’ Discuss with reference to any pair of films studied on the module.


2. 'True Lies (1994) is typical of American remakes in that it abandons all the subtlety of the original film in favour of empty spectacle.' How far do you agree with this assessment?


3. Compare and contrast the depiction of masculinity in La Chienne (1931) and Scarlet Street (1945).


4. How do changes in narrative and character from Trois hommes et un couffin (1985) to Three Men and a Baby (1987) reflect the social and cinematic context in which the films were made?


5. How do the different formats of La Jetée (1962) and Twelve Monkeys (1995) encourage different readings of the time-travel narrative, and why?


6. Discuss the treatment of violence in Fingers (1978) and De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (2005).