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French AS Study Day: Chocolat

Recommended for AS and equivalent level French

This study day will focus on character studies. It will look at stardom, the colonial historical context of the film and the theme of racism.

An intro to the film, the director and the actors will be provided in French, providing contextual information on the historical context of the film (‘belle époque’). Short exercises will provide key vocab.

After lunch, French exercises will focus on character studies and the main themes (fame, image, racism). One objective will be to enhance the students’ intercultural awareness and their appreciation of period films.

Led by Isabelle Vanderschelden, Head of French at Manchester Metropolitan University

Chocolat (12A)
Dir Roschdy Zem/France 2016
116mins/French with English Subtitles
Omar Sy/James Thierrée/Clotilde Hesme
Based on a true story. Omar Sy plays Rafael Padilla, a former Cuban slave, who escapes slavery to become a successful clown on the Paris scene. He was one half of the duo ‘Footit and Chocolat’ formed with George Footit.
The act revolutionised the world of entertainment and made Rafael the first famous black clown in Paris prior to the First World War.

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