Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Margherita Amatulli
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language French
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign Languages and Cultures (L-11)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course will present and analyse the most significant aspects of French cultural history in the XX and XXI centuries through cinema – a privileged witness of cultural and social unrest.  The course offers the student an understanding of the socio-historical context of France in this period, as well as the tools to master the language of cinema, the opportunity to develop a narrative and sociological critique of the films presented, and the acquisition of useful elements for cultural analysis.


After a brief introduction to the birth and evolution of cinema, the following stages and problems in French culture will be presented on screen through a representative sample of cinematic works and excerpts:  Surrealism, the Popular Front, Occupation, The Holocaust, the Algerian war, the 1960s, 1968, Immigration, and the Banlieue.

The films chosen belong to a variety of genres and offer occasion to reflect on the manners in which the French have interpreted their history on screen.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Understanding and comprehension: The student will have a solid understanding of French historical contexts and cultural products.
Ability to apply understanding and comprehension: The student will be able to use the necessary tools and will know how to apply methodologies learned to analyse texts and documents.
Autonomous evaluation: The student will possess the critical and interpretive skills necessary to create autonomous analyses and judgements on broad cultural themes and current French socio-cultural themes.
Communications abilities: The student will be able to communicate on general informational topics and on specific topics and use sectoral language.
Learning skills: The student will develop those learning abilities necessary to update and consolidate their knowledge.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

As well as lessons held by the professor, further instruction will be offered by a teaching assistant.

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures, student reports, film screenings.


Minimum attendance 70%.

Course books

-Kevin Labiausse,  La France au XXe Siècle de 1914 à Nos Jours 25 Fiches, Paris, Ellipses Marketing, 2014


Oral exam

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Autonomous study

Course books

-Kevin Labiausse,  La France au XXe Siècle de 1914 à Nos Jours 25 Fiches, Paris, Ellipses Marketing, 2014.

-Kevin Labiausse,  La France au XXe Siècle de 1914 à Nos Jours 25 Fiches, Paris, Ellipses Marketing, 2014.

Un’opera a scelta tra le seguenti:

- Laurent Creton,  L'économie du cinéma : En 50 fiches, Paris, Armand Colin, 2016 (5° edizione)

- Michel Marie (sous la direction de ), Histoire du cinéma français, Paris, Armand Colin, ultima edizione


Student can choose one of the following work:

-Georges  Perec, Les choses : Une histoire des années soixante, 1965 qualsiasi edizione

(per approfondimenti : http://www.youscribe.com/catalogue/documents/education/fiches-de-lecture/les-choses-de-georges-perec-1440378;


-Annie Ernaux, Les années, Paris, Gallimard, 2009 (qualsiasi edizione) (consigliato agli studenti TEFLI)

(per approfondimenti sull'opera: 

-M. Snauwaert, Les années d’Annie Ernaux : la forme d’une vie de femme :


-A. Compagnon, Désécrire la vie :



Student can choose one of the following film:

J. Renoir, Les bas-fonds Toni (1936) oppure  Toni (1935

H.-G. Clouzot, Le Corbeau (1943) oppure F. Truffaut, Le dernier métro (1980)

J. Tati, Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953)  oppure Play-time (1967) 


Gli studenti non frequenanti sono cortesemente invitati a prendere contatto con il docente durante l'orario di ricevimento. 


Oral exam


Non-attending students are required to contact the professor over the course of the second semester.

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