Discover French Cinema In Paris With Columbia University

June 11, 2014 | By Romain Rancurel

Since the invention of the cinematographe by the Lumière brothers in 1895, France has been a cornerstone of the development of the seventh art. This summer, the Columbia University School of the Arts - in partnership with the Columbia Global Center | Europe in Paris at Reid Hall – put together a three-week summer program open to all students to discover French Cinema in the City of Lights.

Mondays through Thursdays, from July 21 to August 8, 2014, Professor Richard Peña (former Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Director of the New York Film Festival from 1988 to 2012) will present a series of cinematic milestones that together will offer a history of both the artistic ambitions and the commercial realities of the French cinema, moving from the earliest days of silent cinema (Méliès, Feuillade) to the most recent releases (Assayas, Denis). A specific emphasis will be made on the French New Wave (1958-1967), the movement which perhaps more than any other truly took the city of Paris as its muse. The courses will also cover wartime film production, as well as the rise of recent cinematographic genres such as the beur film for instance.

In addition to class lectures and screenings, there will be guest appearances by filmmakers, critics, historians and officials in the French film industry who will offer their own unique perspectives on the past, present and future of French cinema.  Several trips will also be made to the famous Cinémathèque Française, one of the world's largest film archives situated in an iconic Frank Gehry building in Paris' 12th arrondissement.

For more information regarding the schedule, the tuition and fees, visit FRENCH CINEMA IN PARIS.

To register for this course, or find out more information, please send an email to, with the title "DISCOVERING FRENCH CINEMA IN PARIS", with any questions you may have.

Students accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for this popular course.
OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS (Columbia University or elsewhere as well as international students)

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