Mise en scène: cinéma et lecture, 1st edition

  • Cheryl Krueger
  • Elizabeth Dolly Weber
  • Brigitte G. Martin

Mise en scène: cinéma et lecture

ISBN-13:  9780131839694


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A hands-on introduction to films and cultures of the French-speaking world.

Leads students to explore a variety of topics and approaches to be studied in more advanced courses in film studies, cultural studies, history, and literature——in French, English or any language.


An intelligent approach to learning French.

Emphasizes critical thinking to help students build learning skills they may use across the curriculum.


A focus on three general goals:

–to help students of French develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

–to provide students with opportunities to encounter French cultures from the point of view of individual filmmakers and writers, and by extension, through the eyes of the audiences for which they produced their work.

–to guide students in honing learning strategies and critical thinking skills that will be of benefit across the curriculum–not only in French or language courses.


A great variety of films: this text presents a balance of mainstream films, classic films, and films depicting life in another French-speaking country or from the perspective of immigrants in France.

Provides students with exceptional films in French including La Vie sur terre, Bande à part, La Promesse, Les Yeux sans visage, Indochine, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, Mon Oncle, Les Glaneuers et la glaneuse, among many others.


Speaking activities–whole group, pair work, role-play, interpersonal and presentational–are included.

Provides students with an opportunity to anticipate the content of films and texts, analyze them, and share their opinions and reactions to them.


Readings are included.

Includes a variety of texts from the thirteenth century to the twenty-first century of many types, from advertisements to poems, from brochures to short stories.


Each reading contains:

– Introduction, a brief introduction to the author, the text, its genre, and its readership.

Stratégies de lecture, asequence of guided pre-reading, global reading, reading, and post-reading activities designed to sharpen reading strategies, to build reading skills, and to expand on what readings have presented.

Activez vos connaissances, Anticipez le contenu, and Pour mieux lire are brainstorming, mapping, discussion, skimming, and scanning sections that guide students to activate their knowledge, to hypothesize, and to anticipate content.

Lecture attentive sections guide students during the reading of the text, by reminding them of various strategic approaches to reading, focused note taking and information gathering.

Texte, the reading itself, appears between the pre- and post-reading activities.

Compréhension sections help students verify that they have understood main plot points.

–  Discussion questions guide students to share their ideas, to articulate their personal reaction to the film, and to discuss the film from a more objective point of view.

Form et fond sections help students build awareness and sharpen critical thinking skills.

Expansion features are creative, cooperative activities involving group writing, role-plays and critical thinking.


• Writing topics are presented in the À l’écrit and Synthèse sections of each chapter.

Allows students to expand upon the ideas and information from the films and readings.


Synthèse sections are included.

Provides students with collaborative projects using technology such as directing a short film, creating a webpage, putting together a PowerPoint presentation or a photo album, etc.


Anticipation pre-viewinglistening activities are provided.

Guides students to watch and discuss the first 2-3 minutes of each film, building listening skills, as they discuss the scene and hypothesize about the plot and characters presented.


Réflexion: Journal de bord post-viewing exercises are included.

Allows students to express their personal reactions to the films.


Mise au point note-taking section.

Focuses students’ attention on key moments in the film as they watch, thus preparing them to collect vocabulary and ideas and reflect on the film in a more personal manner (journal).


Mise en scène open-ended speaking activities are included.

Enables students to use their study of a film as a springboard for communication. Activities require performance and interaction and include surveys, role-pays, debates, etc.


Approfondissons discussion questions are included.

Helps students understand major plot points as well as general ideas presented in each film.


Langage du cinéma features are included.

Reviews the basic vocabulary of film techniques: how to talk about close-ups, tracking shots, montage, and more.


• The Mise en scène web site is available.

Offers guided Internet research for each film (Recherches sur Internet and Liens culturels); a presentation of technical vocabulary for the study of film (Langage du cinéma); each chapter’s third reading (Sur Internet: Lecture 3); selected readings from each chapter recorded by French speakers, and pronunciation of all glossary terms.


Recherches sur Internet and Liens culturels activities are offered.

Encourages a fun, guided exploration of French, Francophone, and some English websites.


• Carefully and thoroughly coordinated activity sequences to accompany three films per chapter.

Provides students with a variety of activities to use at every stage of viewing , reading, and discussion.

Offers instructors exceptional support in terms of setting up film-viewing, dealing with assignments, discussion and group work.


• An introductory Chapitre préliminaire is included.

Prepares students to study film.


Analyse exercises are provided.

Focuses on fostering more advanced analytical skills.


Compréhension et reactions sections are included.

Helps to verify that students have understood main plot points of the film.


Vocabulary reinforcement is encouraged.

Provides a handy glossary for each film in the text and on the website, as well as a complete glossary at the end of the text.

Table of contents

Chapitre préliminaire: Le cinéma hollywoodien et le cinéma français


CHAPITRE 1: Les Temps « modernes »

  • Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain
  • Salut cousin!
  • Bande à part

 CHAPITRE 2: Histoire(s) racontée(s)

  • Le retour de Martin Guerre
  • Indochine
  • Lumumba

CHAPITRE 3: Le suspense et la surprise

  • Betty Fisher et autres histoires
  • Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien
  • Les yeux sans visage

CHAPITRE 4: Rites de passage

  •  Kirikou et la sorcière
  • Les parapluies de Cherburg
  • La promesse

CHAPITRE 5: Le comique et le rire

  • Mon oncle
  • Les visiteurs
  • Le dîner de cons

CHAPITRE 6: Emplois du temps

  • Être et avoir
  • La vie sur terre
  • Les glaneurs et la glaneuse



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Published by Pearson (April 23rd 2014) - Copyright © 2015