Witnessing the Occupation over Six Decades of French Film
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French cinema has left an intriguing record of responses to the German occupation of France (1940-1944). Films produced during the occupation years were low-budget affairs, hamstrung by censorship, avoidant (by law) of any representation of contemporary events, and yet eerily allusive of their time. Films produced in later years began to examine more explicitly and more critically those events and the people caught up in them. Primarily through a selection of films spanning the 60 years since the occupation, we will explore how the French have chosen to remember and to understand this difficult moment in their national history.
Eilene Hoft-March is Professor of French, Milwaukee-Downer and College Endowment Association Professor of Liberal Studies, and Special Assistant to the President. She holds the B.A. in English and French from Carroll College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in French from the University of California, Berkeley. She contributes to Freshman Studies, Gender Studies, and, soon, Global Studies. Her published research has grown out of an interest in late 20th- and early 21st-century European philosophy and French autobiography. And her favorite co-teacher on the planet is her dear friend, Judy Sarnecki.
Judy Holland Sarnecki, Professor emerita of French at Lawrence University who misses teaching French, Gender Studies and Film Studies to LU students. However, she freely admits she also enjoys the reading, travel and singing with newVoices choir made possible by her official retirement in 2010. She did return to teach one course a year with some of her favorite colleagues for another five years. In summer of 2017 she will be back co-teaching with her best friend, Eilene Hoft-March, in order to experience the joy that their partnership in the classroom inevitably brings.