For more details, and to book your place, please contact City Lit on: 020 7492 2652 quoting course code HF310 or visit

Course includes an optional seat for the season intro talk on Tuesday 3 May.

Every Tuesday from 10-31 May
18:30-20:30 Blue Room

From the violent eye-slice in Un Chien Andalou (1929), to the darkly satirical Weekend (1969), French cinema has continued a long tradition of artistic and social dissent that can be traced back to the Marquis de Sade. From the late 1990s a series of films appeared in France that critic James Quandt famously labelled the ‘New French Extremity’. This four-session course, led by Dr Paul Sutton, will consider the historical, cultural, social and political context for this phenomenon and seek to examine a number of these films in detail.

While care will be taken in the presentation of sequences from these films and in the discussions around them, please be aware that some material might be challenging.