This capstone seminar treats advanced problems and issues in the study of film. For this semester, our focus will be the French New Wave, with emphasis on the positioning and critique of class, race, and gender. This is an unusual perspective and therefore it has the possibility of creating new visions of theory and practice. Not a general survey, the course will nonetheless provide an in-depth look at this revolutionizing group of films, filmmakers and theories that changed the landscape of the cinema. But we will also attempt to fill the gap left by the absence of issues surrounding marginal groups, especially women, at every level. Focused independent research will be encouraged, but group projects will also be part of the seminar.