Review Comment

France on Film

February 15, 2005

Gavronsky, Serge Silver_nugget
France on Film

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I agree that Gavronsky is a pretty amazing person. He's seen a lot and will relay a lot of information to you, especially if you ask him. I personally liked the class, I learned a lot about France and its tainted history that I wasn't cognizant of before. The only thing I found increasingly difficult was experiencing sycophantic pseudo-intellectualism. No, I'm not talking about Gavronsky, he is a smart one, I'm talking about the people in the class that would stop at no costs to impress him. In fact, I'm pretty sure some of the previous reviews are BY them. Don't let that deter you from taking the class though, Gavronsky is worth it, and you will really see a representation of France and the French on film through the decades.

January 06, 2005

Gavronsky, Serge Silver_nugget
France on Film

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Professeur Gavronsky is, perhaps, my favorite professor. He is incredibly funny, intellegent, and knoweldgeable; all of his lectures were packed with interesting information about every aspect of French (and New York) culture. I learned a great deal about culture, literature, and society from this class, not just about film. The lectures and papers are in English, the films are in French, some with subtitles; a high level of proficiency in the language is definitely a must. The class is fun and a breeze; one evening is reserved for the film screening (which has no set time limit) and the next day is discussion (which tends also not to have a set time limit, though you are free to leave). The class is not a film class in the sense that it does not study filmmaking or film history, but it is a class that looks at France through film. In the process, you'll learn about film in a way that will make you appreciate filmmaking in all future films you see. Gavronsky is an experience that is not to be missed; I plan on taking as many classes with him as I can in the future. My only caution is to those who want a serious film class, or a serious professor for that matter; the class is a French culture/history class (think American studies but for France), and Gavronsky is a fun professor. He won't hesitate to poke fun or call on students at random, but this is one of his many charms. Be cognisant of paper due dates and watch the films ahead of time; also see Gavronsky about your papers (which are free topic) and make sure you write about what he's expecting...otherwsise it might not be precise enough. If you say blue and he was thinking aquamarine, it's not A material. Don't let the grading deter you from taking this class, or any class, with Professeur Gavronsky.

Workload:

Average workload: supplementary readings, two 7-10pp papers (which require you to view at least two films outside of class), final. The final consists of short answers and takes between 1-2hrs.

December 30, 2004

Gavronsky, Serge Silver_nugget
France on Film

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Prof. Gavronsky is one of the most entertaining and intellectual men I have ever come across. His class is fairly easy with only 2 7-8 pg term papers, one due in Oct and the other due in Dec, and one final which had a take home 4 pg part and in class questions on the films we watched in class. Reasonably low amount of work. He likes class participation. Beware however that the film class is on tuesday from 7-8:30, but most of the films lasted much longer than that, and then there is an hour on Wed of discussion. I highly recommend his class, not too difficult and he is extremely talented and the films we watch range from 1930s depictions of Vichy France to recent films such as Taxi II, a french attempt at Matrix-esque action scenes. Great class

Workload:

Two 7-9 pg papers, final which has a take home part and in class short answer part. Not heavy, just dont leave the papers until the last minute b/c the last one is due during finals!

December 29, 2004

Gavronsky, Serge Silver_nugget
France on Film

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While some people in the class seemed to find Serge fascinating to no end, there was another substantial percentage (myself included) who found his lectures to be disorganized and rambly. He was endlessly fascinated with uninteresting minutiae, like what kinds of hats the people in the films wore. There was no focus at all on the history of French cinema or on the art of the films themselves. Instead, Serge free associates and rambles about whatever occured to him while watching the films. Supposedly, the class is divided into three sections, but the divisions are arbitrary and he doesn't really stick to them anyway. Additionally, Serge invariably keeps you 20-25 minutes late for a 50 minute class. Overall, pretty pointless.

Workload:

Two 7-8 page papers in English, one crazy midterm with nonsensical questions. Serge seems to be a decent grader though.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3064: France on Film Serge Gavronsky 2010 Fall R / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3064: France on Film Serge Gavronsky 2008 Fall TR / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3064: France on Film Serge Gavronsky 2006 Fall R / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3049: France on Film Serge Gavronsky 2004 Fall W / 4:10- 5:00 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3049: France on Film Serge Gavronsky 2002 Fall R / 4:00- 6:00 PM 1
FRNB / FREN FRNB FREN BC3049: France on Film Serge Gavronsky 2001 Spring W / 4:10- 5:00 PM 1