Cinema du Look

Course Dates: 21/08/21 - 28/08/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
This course will focus on a specific decade of French film production – the 1980s. French cinema’s dynamic relationship with Hollywood finds expression in this decade in the so-called cinéma du look, exemplified by directors such as Luc Besson. The course will look at the industrial, cultural and social factors in play during this period and it will explore the work of Besson and others.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00

Course Code: HF244

Sat, day, 21 Aug - 28 Aug '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This two half-day online course will look in some detail at the work of film directors associated with the so-called cinéma du look of the 1980s. The best known of these is Luc Besson and the course will look not only at his film output but also at the broader impact that his activities have had on French filmmaking culture.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The course will consider a number of key films produced during the 1980s and consider the particular economic, cultural and social factors that were behind the filmmaking practices of the period.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• appreciate a range of French films and directors.
• understand the importance of French film in an historical context.
• further develop the connections made between textual, critical analysis and theoretical application in relation to French film.
• explore and understand matters of national and cultural identity as seen through French national cinema.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is designed for those who have a passion for film and would like to deepen their knowledge of French film. It is also very much for those who enjoy discussing foreign language and subtitled films as well as foreign cultures and histories.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be delivered via Zoom online. There will be scope for group discussion and short film extracts will be screened throughout.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Any supplementary materials required will be provided in the form of material place on Google Classroom; links to online resources will also be provided by the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for other film studies courses on our website at, culture & writing/film studies.

Paul Sutton

Dr. Paul Sutton is an independent film scholar who has taught Film Studies in UK higher education for over 25 years. His research covers psychoanalytic and film theory as well as Italian and French cinema and critical theory. He has published articles in journals such as Screen, French Studies and the Journal for Cultural Research. He is currently writing a psychoanalytic book on film spectatorship, Afterwardsness in Film, and has recently published work on television as a form of palliative care, and an assessment of the films of the Italian experimental filmmaker Ugo Nespolo.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.