This French film found humor in the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II.
This French film found humor in the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II.

Why do the French like Jerry Lewis so much? Did you ever wonder why Hollywood remakes so many French comedies? What do Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, and Eddie Murphy owe to the French?

Come join in the fun at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 4) as Professor Alain-Philippe Durand delves into the comedic and humor techniques used in French film throughout the years. Be prepared to learn and laugh as Durand explains how cinematic comedy “translates” from French to English.

Durand is director of the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, director of Africana Studies and interim head of the Department of French and Italian at the University of Arizona. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the UA Honors College.

Born and raised in France, with college degrees in U.S. universities, he is an educator and scholar who researches and teaches cross-cultural communication beyond national borders and is an unabashed supporter and promoter of the humanities.

Published in both French and English, his work bridges the gap between academic scholarship and contemporary popular culture. He is the author of 2004 book entitled Un Monde Techno. Nouveaux expaces électroniques dans le roman français des années 1980 and 1990 (A Techno World. New Electronic Spaces in the French Novel of the 1980s and 1990s).

Written by Leah Hewitt, Academy Village Volunteer

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‘Why the French Love Film Comedies’: May 2016
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