Week 14: Comédie et choc des cultures

Primary film to watch: Astérix & Obélix: mission Cléopatre (2002)

Where to find: TBA.

Points to focus on:

  • Cultural appropriation and cultural insensitivity: Could a comedy like this be made in the US?
  • Is humor providing more understanding between cultures, or is the Astérix series reinforcing the “Nos ancêtres les Gaulois” paradigm?


Secondary film to watch: OSS 117: le Caire, nid d’espions (2006)

Where to find: Kanopy.


Video essay to have watched by Tuesday: “How to Do Visual Comedy”


Astérix & Obélix: mission Cléopatre trailer


OSS 117: le Caire, nid d’espions trailer

Published by Valentin Duquet

PhD student, French Studies; University of Texas at Austin.