French Film Festival - Why French Cinema? Masterclass led by Richard Brody of The New Yorker

Apr 17, 2024, 12:00 pm1:30 pm
East Pyne 010 - East Pyne Hall


Event Description
As part of the second edition of the Princeton French Film Festival, you're invited to an exceptional masterclass led by one of the most prominent film critics of our times. A Princeton alumnus (class of 1980), Richard Brody began writing for The New Yorker in 1999 and has contributed articles about the directors Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and Wes Anderson. Since 2005, he has been the movie-listings editor at the magazine; he writes film reviews and a blog about movies. He is the author of the book "Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard" and is at work on a book about the lasting influence of the French New Wave. You can read Brody's article on his page in The New Yorker.

The French cinema has an international status far greater than its commercial one, because the French cinema symbolizes the idea—or the ideal—of the cinema as an art. The French New Wave embodied that notion in the form of a movement that seemed almost like the cinematic equivalent of a political revolution. But that movement is now more than sixty years old—half the distance from today to the birth of movies—and its luminaries have all passed away, yet its films and its personalities retain a great measure of power and influence. To what extent does the history of French cinema still feel contemporary and necessary, what aspects of its current-day productions extend that history, why does the French cinema (whether its realities or its myths) continue to inspire filmmakers and critics internationally? And, for that matter, what is French about the French cinema? (written by Richard Brody)

Free and open to everyone upon registration, this event will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 12:00 PM in Princeton University's East Pyne 010 Room located in East Pyne Hall (downstairs).


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