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International Cinema

TCF 340 Section 001

Fall 2016, Lecture

Dr. Jeremy Butler

Office Hours and Contact Information

Jeremy Butler
Office: 486B Phifer
Office hours: TT 3:15-5:00, & by appt. 348-8659

Outline of Topics or Tentative Schedule

Please browse to the online course schedule for assignments, illustrations and other resources:

Exams and Major Assignments

Your progress will be assessed through:

  1. An analytical exercise using basic film criticism techniques.
  2. Midterm and final exams. Early exams will not be given.
  3. One take-home essay, which will synthesize concepts presented over the course of the entire semester. Essay topics will be distributed at the last class meeting. It must be word-processed and, if necessary, properly footnoted.
  4. Reading/viewing quizzes (each discussion class, four lowest scores deleted).

Final Grade Determination

Exam/Assignment Point Values

  1. Analytical exercise: 10 points.
  2. Midterm and final exams: 35 points each, for a total of 70.
  3. One take-home essay: 15 points.
  4. Reading/viewing quizzes: 5 points (total; 4 lower scores deleted).

Grading scale:

A+ 97-100   C+ 77-79    F  59 and below
A  93-96    C  73-76
A- 90-92    C- 70-72
B+ 87-89    D+ 67-69
B  83-86    D  63-66
B- 80-82    D- 60-62

Extra Credit Opportunities

Students may earn up to 10 extra credit points by attending Thursday evening screenings.

Update: Because most students did not attend Thursday screenings at the start of the semester (e.g., only 2 our of 23 attended one night), this option was canceled.

Policy on Missed Exams & Coursework

Make-up tests/exams will be given at the discretion of the instructor. No tests/exams will be given before their scheduled dates.

Attendance Policy

Each absence beyond four for the semester will result in one point being deducted from your final total. (Up to five points may be deducted.)

Grading Policy

Grades will be posted on Blackboard Learn.

Required Texts

UA Supply Store Textbook Information


Required course readings are available at the Supe Store, in the Phifer Hall Reading Room and on Blackboard Learn.

In alphabetical order, not the order in which they are assigned.

  1. Armes, Roy. French Cinema. NY: Oxford University, 1985. 
  2. Bazin, André. "The Era of the Popular Front." In Jean Renoir, pp. 36-52. Edited and with an introduction by Francois Truffaut. Translated by W. W. Halsey II and William H. Simon. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1973. 
  3. Bazin, André. "The Evolution of Film Language." In The New Wave, pp. 24-51. Edited and translated by Peter Graham. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968. 
  4. Brecht, Bertolt. "The Modern Theatre is the Epic Theatre." In Brecht on Theatre, pp. 33-42. Edited and translated by John Willett. New York: Hill and Wang, 1964. 
  5. Bresson, Robert. Notes on Cinematography. Translated by Jonathan Griffin. NY: Urizen, 1977. 
  6. Crisp, C. G. Eric Rohmer: Realist and Moralist. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1988. 
  7. Fofi, Goffredo. "The Cinema of the Popular Front in France (1934-38)." In Screen Reader I, pp. 172-224. London: SEFT, 1977.
  8. Kuhn, Annette. Women's Pictures: Feminism and Cinema. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982. 
  9. Hughes, Robert. The Shock of the New. NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. 
  10. MacCabe, Colin. Godard: Images, Sounds, Politics. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 1980. 
  11. MacCabe, Colin. Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy. New York: Faber & Faber, 2003.
  12. Mayne, Judith. Claire Denis (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2005), pp. 33-48.
  13. Monaco, James. Alain Resnais. NY: Oxford University, 1979. 
  14. Monaco, James. The New Wave. NY: Oxford University, 1976. 
  15. Penley, Constance. "Les Enfants de la Patrie." Camera Obscura, 8-9-10, pp. 32-59. 
  16. Wollen, Peter. "Godard and Counter Cinema: VENT D'EST." In Readings and Writings: Semiotic Counter-Strategies. London: Verso, 1982. 

Additional Course Specific Policies

Digital Devices Policy

Cell phones/tablets/laptops or other digital devices may be used for reference to class texts or for online research, but they may not be used during screenings. Text messaging is not permitted at any time during classAny use of digital devices during exams will be considered academic misconduct.

Course Description

UA Course Catalog Information


Student Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Chart the history of the cinema of one particular country.
  2. Understand the shaping of film history and the impact of diverse groups on that history;
  3. Write correctly and clearly (evaluating their work for accuracy and fairness, appropriate style, and grammatical correctness);
  4. Evaluate concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and narratives; and
  5. Think critically, creatively, and independently about the cinema.


UA Course Catalog Prerequisites

Prerequisite(s): TCF 112

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