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background image Lecture  1  French 41   Thursday, October 4th   1) Background on “Race”   - ambivalent   - discourses: talking about something in a certain way                          the way ideas are framed   - how the notion of race has changed over time   - quote from a very important primer, basic book about the introduction of race theory:   race is a social construct  
race is not biologically motivated  
- A hierarchy has been made out of humanity beginning the 18th century   - Joseph Arthur Gobineau (1853) : racial theorist   - Racist: he takes phenotypes and assign them to moral values  - Today, the term race is incredibly fraud   - Race and racists are product of social thoughts   - The word race has been deleted from the constitution but that doesn't make racism disappear   2) Race in the French context   - The care giver was originally from Algeria   3) Reading Intouchables: racist ? color-blind?   - intouchables produces an ambivalent discourse: the film is both colorblind and conscious of 
race 
- mise-en-scene established class difference.   - putting Omar Sy on scene is less activating than putting a north african   - 4) Film terms and examples: from form to analysis   Image analysis:  
I think this film is not racist but rather reveals the racism that actually exists in France. Through 
several scenes, the French cinema perpetuates the realities of racial inequalities. this image has 
attracted my attention to the extent that it highlights the disparity between the daily lives of 
whites and blacks. It  represents the family of Driss taking their meals. we can see that they are 
quite numerous and that their standard of living is quite limited: the toilets are small and shared, 
the apartment is not big enough ... this image reveals an important aspect of the Black race in 
France and depicts the importance of the race in the French cinema. Although colorblindness is 
very successfully foreshadowed , there is a strong racial inequality. if one compares the standard 
of living between blacks and whites, one can see the precariousness experienced by blacks and 
the limited means in which they live. The black race has a flagrant role in the cinema as its 
representation is limited to many stereotypes. I think that in this case, Omar Sy is a victim to the 
stereotype of the poor black man living in the suburbs with a criminal record in the service of 

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School: University of California - Los Angeles
Department: French
Course: French Cinema and Culture
Professor: Chirila
Term: Fall 2018
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School: University of California - Los Angeles
Department: French
Course: French Cinema and Culture
Professor: Chirila
Term: Fall 2018
Tags:
Name: French 41 week 1
Description: These notes cover the lecture and section notes for week 1 of the French 41 class.
Uploaded: 10/07/2018