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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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Name: French 41
Description: week 7 girlhood
Uploaded: 12/03/2018
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background image Week 7  Girlhood  Angle of framing  Many films are shot with a camera that appears to be at approximately the same height as its 
subject. However, it is possible to film from a position that is significantly lower or higher than 
the dominant element of the shot. In that case, the image is described as low angle or high angle 
respectively. Angle of framing can be used to indicate the relation between a character and the 
camera’s point of view. Or can simply be used to create striking visual compositions. 
Camera angle is often used to suggest either vulnerability or power. In The Color of Paradise 
(Rang-e Khoda,1999) the father, who rules absolute over his family, is often portrayed from a 
low angle, therefore aggrandizing his figure. 
On the other hand, his blind son Mohammad and his elderly grandmother are often shot from a 
high angle, emphasizing their dependence and smallness.  
Profile shot  
Camera movement  
girlhood’s gender perspective and funding structure  
does girlhood depoliticize the question of race? 
If you do decide that it does, is that a problem? does it matter?  
It is a rare film to have an all black cast  
2014: comes out 
unlike La Haine, this film is not responding to anything political, there is no major incident 
since 2012: Francois hollande first socialist after Mitterrand to be elected; they changed things 
for immigrants, they became more rigid, forced to be less socialist because of threat of national 
front, hope that socialism would bring favorable environment, hollande was extremely unpopular  
no reference to the political landscape and contemporary politics, to the world outside, this is 
interesting because La Haine doesn't do it 
La Haine is keyed in its political context 
Girlhood is sleek  
similarities between these two:  
they both take place in the banlieue  
friendship is important, group of friends in action together 
Minorities in both films 
movement out of the banlieue and into the city in both films - both films end up back in the 
banlieue (they are condemned to live in the contraints of banlieue) 
there is some personal growth in the protagonists  
Novel that focuses in coming of age story - ? 
background image gun in la Haine - knives in girlhood  
scenes of violence in both, drugs,  
present of mirrors, camera angles, shots from behind in both films,  
both films emphasize the failure of school  
La Haine 
Surreality in la Haine 
choice to shoot in black and white 
racial diversity  
Excessive intentionality about time, time is not predicting, relentlessly insisted upon , 
temporarily marked;  
we get a sense of Monumental paris in the film   
multi ethnic cast and multi ethnic friend group  
Girlhood 
color blue is omnipresent  
music is diegetic 
music, dancing style and cell phone helps us say the time 
a certain type of people undergo this type of pressure, investment in race in very ambiguous  
girlhood benefits from the new discourse 
the film has been critiqued for referring stereotypes  
Girlgang more than girlhood   construction of femininity,  
coming of age 
300 girls, randomly in the streets 
who has the authority to tell a given story: claire Denis doesn't need permission to tell these 
stories, its her story, it matters a lot who’s telling a given story, in girlhood Celine Schiamma  is 
the one telling a story that is not her own.  
two motifs in the film:   - profile shot as a metaphor, half of the face, half of the information, 50% of anything that is 
being put in front of us, female profile seems to be in conversation of a history of women 
in profile, Egyptian and Nubian princesses: preserving modesty, retain a degree of opacity 
- dividing line and straight line, pierces them out in different spaces, in order for the viewer 
to queer them, that the film is about queer culture; 
1) 2 things the film problematizes most about race and two things not about race  When they are in the shop and the lady follows them because of the way they look so she is 
stereotyping them  

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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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Name: French 41
Description: week 7 girlhood
Uploaded: 12/03/2018
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