INSET: Teaching History Topics through French Cinema

Recommended for French AS and A2 teachers. Conducted in French.

Capacity: 15 places.


This day session will look at a number of recent French films which are either period films or deal with historical themes. These themes include collaboration, resistance

and war, historical biopics, colonial and post-colonial issues, etc. They will be approached from different perspectives: representation of period and realism, documentary value vs fiction, national identity, myths and stereotypes, film genre and style.

The session will include a contextual presentation using relevant film clips. This will be followed by specific case studies, and examples of exercises which could be used in class or suitable for coursework.


Films to be discussed include: MONSIEUR BATIGNOLE (Jugnot, 2002), LUCIE AUBRAC (Berri, 1996), UN LONG DIMANCHES DE FIANCAILLES (Jeunet, 2004), JOYEUX NOEL (Carion, 2005), JEANNE D’ARC (Besson, 1999), LA REINE MARGOT (Chereau, 1993),

GERMINAL (Berri, 1993), LE PACTE DES LOUPS (Gans, 2001).


Led by Isabelle Vanderschelden, senior lecturer in French at Manchester Metropolitan University.