Jean Cocteau’s Orphée and Jacques Clouzot’s Le Salaire de la Peur

Merely Women in Jean Cocteau’s Orphée and Jacques Clouzot’s Le Salaire de la Peur
Written for FRNCH 41 at UCLA with Professor Eric Gans on November 25, 2008
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I remember really hating Orphée and really liking Le Salaire de la Peur. The primary actor in the latter film, Yves Montand, is quite attractive, so I think that helped. And perhaps I just like swashbuckling and adventurous films more. I found Orphée to be a little cheesy, pretentious, and gimmicky.

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Jean Renoir’s La Chienne

Human Vice and Relationships in Jean Renoir’s La Chienne
Written for FRNCH 41 at UCLA with Professor Eric Gans on October 24, 2008
1,677 words

FRNCH 41 was one of the first classes I ever took at UCLA. I remember enjoying the class immensely, though admittedly falling asleep during some of the movies. La Chienne was an interesting film and I felt the most comfortable choosing it as the subject of one of my first undergraduate assignments. My teaching assistant was a patient, soft-spoken graduate student named Denis Pra. He was definitely a kind, congenial, and  well-intentioned teaching assistant. I got an A on this assignment, but it is not without its mistakes and moments of awkardness.

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