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French Day Registration and Payment Info

Information for registering for French Day 2024 will be available in Fall 2023.

Register for French Day 2022: “Tableaux vivants” (advanced students).

Register for French Day 2022: “Poésie en images” (Beginning and Intermediate Students)

Tableaux vivants (for Advanced Students)

Riffing on “tableaux vivants”—a late nineteenth-century parlor game—and the twenty-first-century Instagram pandemic painting challenge (@tussenkunstenquarantaine), participants will bring life to a painting by a French-speaking artist by writing a scenario and dialogue based on the characters and tensions represented in the painting. The filmed performance of this “living painting” should last no more than 5 minutes, including credits. Good sources for selecting French paintings include the Musée d’Orsay, The Morgan Library, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among many others.

La Poésie en images (for Beginning and Intermediate Students)

Individuals or teams of students should select any poem written in French and create a filmed adaptation of that work (no more than 3 minutes including credits), using still images, animation, or live action (people, puppets, animals, paper cut-outs, etc). Wheaton College’s “Vive Voix” site provides a selection of poems with accompanying readings. This activity is inspired by France Télévision’s En sortant de l’école series. Thirteen examples of the infinite variety of materials and methods that have been used to adapt poems by Jacques Prévert can be studied here.


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Dr. Elizabeth Emery
Department of World Languages and Cultures (Schmitt Hall)
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

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Phone: 973-655-4283