Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 2:17 pm

Dudley Andrew, Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University, will give a lecture on French cinema of the 1930s and 1940s at Grinnell College on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled "From 'Ciné-Liberté' (1936) to 'Film Maudit' (1949): Fever, Contagion, and Caution in the Avant-Garde." It will start at 7:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, 1115 Eighth Ave., Grinnell.

Andrew will describe how French films of the 1930s and 1940s led into the New Wave, a film movement that engages in social and political upheaval, in the 1950s. He also will explore the collaboration between filmmakers, their sense of people, the popular, and everyday life as a "Site of Creativity."

The Grinnell College Center for the Humanities, which is sponsoring the lecture and the screenings of several French films, has chosen "Site of Creativity" as its theme for the year.

Using three films, "A Day in the Country," "Zéro de Conduite" and "The Lower Depths," to frame his argument, Andrew will show how these filmmakers were engaged in the social and political debates of their time. All three films are part of the Poetic Realist movement in 1930s France and depict the different tensions and struggles within French society of the time.

The films will precede the lecture and be shown on Tuesday, Feb. 16, and Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave, Grinnell. French pastries will be served at the screenings, which are free and open to the public:

  • "A Day in the Country" followed by " Zéro de Conduite" will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
  • "The Lower Depths" will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Information about parking and accessibility is available on the college’s website: www.grinnell.edu. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

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Dudley Andrew

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