The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the history and scope of French cinema all the way to the present time through the analysis of key works of the French film canon. Particular attention will be paid to the various period styles ("le réalisme poétique", "la qualité française", "la nouvelle vague", "le cinéma du look", …) and a variety of critical lenses will be used (psychoanalysis, socio-historical and cultural context, politics, aesthetics, gender…) in a effort to better understand the specificities and complexities of these films. Film directors considered may include Renoir, Duvivier, Carné, Clément, Clouzot, Bresson, Truffaut, Resnais, Godard, Chabrol, Tavernier, Beineix, Denis and others. Entirely conducted in French.