SO1EO1: “A Start in Life”

In this episode:

Dr Zahra Tavassoli Zea discusses “the coming of age” film in French cinema with an in-depth analysis of L’Enfance Nue (Maurice Pialat, 1968).

  • The start of cinema and the Lumière projections
  • Literary adaptations and “the coming of age film”
  • Presenting the human condition in L’Enfance Nue
  • The political protests in May 1968
  • L’Enfance Nue as a social critique
  • Future discussions this season
  • What future generations will film about their 21st century childhood

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8 thoughts on “SO1EO1: “A Start in Life”

  1. I can’t lie, I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this podcast but I did, I will definitely be listening again in 2 weeks. I have two words for Dr.Zahra, singing lessons. ☺

    1. Noted! I’ll give a quick call to my voice coach right away 😉 I am very happy to know you have found this talk interesting, Stuart!

  2. I enjoyed your discussion. Sometimes to me film seems frozen in time which shows how many opinions good or bad haven’t change immensely. Films tend to mean more to me if they follow a true story which leads to leaving a memory of someone else’s life with me. However I still enjoy a good block buster to lift a mood.

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Linda! I agree, cinema can often be a nice prolongation of memoirs and journals. I recommend, for instance, the film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007). And yes, a little blockbuster from time to time, doesn’t do any harm 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Frances! Your encouragements are greatly appreciated, and certainly motivates us to pursue this new adventure. 🙏✨

  3. Amazing, really enjoyed it! It’s like listening to an interesting story and my whole attention is drawn to the next sentence and the next one! Very successful first episode! And do I also see a singing career opening up 😉

    1. Hahaha Thank you so much, Ina! It is wonderful to see that many people like you, who aren’t particularly familiar with the field of film studies, develop a strong curiosity towards everything that is behind the cinematic image; its history, theory, etc! It is rewarding and inspiring, merci beaucoup! As for the singing career… only if I can synthetically modify my voice like Eiffel 65 😂

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