You've probably never seen most of these films, but they changed the world. There's no denying that Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Star Wars, and Psycho changed the way that movies are made. In this class, John Trafton will share a history of films that may have changed the world in unexpected ways and others that have been marginalized or rendered invisible by the "official" film history but which nevertheless shook the world.
The story of film is filled with rebels--charismatic, outlaw filmmakers that attain a legendary status. The American directors of the 60s and 70s, the French New Wave auteurs, the Italian neo-realists, and the indie filmmakers of the 90s are a few of the icons that loom large in the world of film lovers. And yet, behind the rise and fall of these movements and beyond their influence across the globe, there is Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick's films are "like gazing up at a mountaintop," according to Scorsese, and Spielberg describes his longtime friend's films as "impossible to turn off." This class is a journey through the cinema of Stanley Kubrick, from his life as a young New York City photographer and through his masterpiece films. We will explore the infinite in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the nihilistic world of A Clockwork Orange, the dark comedy of Full Metal Jacket and Dr. Strangelove, the haunted halls of the Overlook Hotel, and even his lost project, Napoleon.
Cinema Dissection affords film lovers an exciting opportunity to dig deeper into the films that they love. Inspired by Roger Ebert's annual Cinema Interruptus in Boulder, CO, attendees will participate with a facilitator in a six-hour scene-by-scene, and sometimes shot-by-shot, deconstruction of the featured film. While the facilitator will certainly share their thoughts, anyone in the audience may call out "Stop" and either ask a question of the group or make an observation around a certain shot or moment in the film.
During the 60s, Hollywood turned its cameras toward an era of sex, drugs, and rock & roll that was exploding across the country. In the decades that followed, some of America's most iconic filmmakers would use the radical 60s as a lens to dramatically reflect the revolution of history. This class will look at Hollywood's relationship with the 1960s, starting with how the counterculture was filmed as it happened and then exploring how the era's legacy continues to captivate audiences today.
Over the last two decades, Paul Thomas Anderson has emerged as one of America's great filmmakers. Nearly twenty years ago, Anderson directed Boogie Nights at age 26, cementing a reputation as a young Scorsese of Southern California's San Fernando Valley. Now his oeuvre is one of dysfunctional families, an American past filled with greed and corruption, and some of the most memorable performances of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. This class series looks at the work of the cinematic master known affectionately to his fans as "PTA" - from his early short film work to his recent adaption of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice.
Since the days of silent cinema, horror has remained a popular film genre, touching upon our deepest fears and visiting us in our darkest places. This two week workshop will examine the horror genre and all its different forms: the ghost, the monster, the vampire, the demon, and the nefarious other. The aim of this workshop is to provide a general overview of the genre, an understanding of its various themes, subgenres, and tropes, and what these films have to say about the cultures that produce them. This workshop will also look at horror cinema as a global phenomenon, reaching far beyond Hollywood—to Europe, to India, to Australia/New Zealand, and to East Asia.