French film critic to discuss art films and image

Jean-Michel Frodon with Poynter logo

Jean-Michel Frodon, film critic and journalist, will speak at Yale at three events on Oct. 4, 5, and 6 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism:

  • For the first event, titled “The Auteur with a Camera: The Image in Recent Art Cinema,” Frodon will discuss film dialog with filmmaker Benoit Jacquot on Oct. 4 at 5 p.m.
  • The following day at 6:30 p.m., he will introduce a film by Bi Gan and then take part in a post-screening conversation with the filmmaker at 9 p.m.
  • On Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., Frodon will offer remarks on today’s art films and the status of image.

All of his appearances will be in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

Frodon is well-known for his work as critic for Le Monde, France’s renowned daily newspaper. He worked there from 1995 to 2003, and then served as the editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Cinema, a world-famous film magazine. After his departure from the magazine in 2009, he worked for Slate.fr while simultaneously teaching at Science-Po Paris, at Pantheon-Sorbonne University, and at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Through the years, Frodon has been featured in numerous documentaries discussing the role of documentary films and the auteur. He has written what is considered to be the definitive history of French cinema since the New Wave, as well as a host of other short books, including “Cinema and the Shoah,” which is available in English. Recently, he collaborated with the Harvard Film Archive to curate the ongoing series “Contemporary French Alternative.”

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Chloe Veltman, Teju Cole, and Vinson Cunningham.

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