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FR207 Summative Essay Titles


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.

See here for information about SMLC summative assessment requirements.

These are summative essay titles. The mark for this essay will count toward your end-of-year assessment and your degree classification.


Autumn Term

Choose ONE of the following headings as the basis for your essay. Alternatively, you may devise your own title in consultation with the module tutor(s).

1. The uses of melodrama in French cinema.

2. Mutations of the crime genre.

3. Character construction and development.

4. Interrelations of realism and fantasy in French cinema.

5. An analysis of rhythm in one or more French films.

6. ‘French cinema has dealt with the subject of the Second World War obliquely at best.’

7. The contribution of stars and performance style to one or more French films.

Spring Term

  1. French films made since 1960 frequently seek to disrupt traditional expectations of narrative structure. Give examples of this from any one or more film of the period and offer reasons to explain it.
  2. The French New Wave combined great knowledge and respect for film history with an iconoclastic attitude toward the past. How is this manifested in the work of one or more of the following: Truffaut, Godard, Rivette, Varda?
  3. In the cinema, social critique and artistic innovation are often at odds with pure entertainment. How far do you think this is true of any one or more films you have seen?
  4. Is it ever possible to identify a particular gendered sensibility in the work of female directors? Answer with reference to one or more films.
  5. In modern cinema, gender becomes a problem. How valid is this suggestion based on the evidence of any one or more films from the period since 1960?
  6. Analyse the importance of hybrid identities to any one or more films screened.
  7. What contribution does music make to any one or more films screened?

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