"L'Aventure Filmologique"

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Essays by members

At the end of the 1940s Gilbert Cohen-Séat convinces the Sorbonne to offer a degree in film studies through l’Institut de filmologie. This is the first such degree to be offered by a French university until 1962, when the Institute is shut down. Yet notwithstanding the importance of the Institute in the history of film education and notwithstanding the importance of the filmology movement, little is known about the Institute and its founder. Martin Lefebvre’s recent research delves into the archives of the Filmology Institute in an attempt to recover some of that lost history. This essay is a pre-publication version of an article forthcoming in CINéMAS (in french only)