Full course description
Instructor Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle Film Critic
Wednesday, 2/24/21-3/24/21, 6:00pm-8:00pm
French cinema has always been interested in women's stories. But right now, something is happening in France that has never happened anywhere, except once, in Hollywood in the 1930s. France has at least two dozen top-tier actresses (of all ages) doing the best work of their lives, making the kind of women's films that America once specialized in, but making them for our era.
Mick LaSalle is your guide into the work of France's finest contemporary actresses. Based on his "The Beauty of the Real" (2012), the course will introduce students to over a dozen French actresses, enabling students to become acquainted with them and to leave the workshop with an understanding of this phenomenon and with an ability to continue their exploration at their own pace. At a time when Hollywood is squandering an entire generation of female talent, the modern-day Hepburns, Davises, Crawfords and Garbos are in France, making three movies a year. It's time we met them.
*The workshop will consist only of films that Mick LaSalle has not shown in the last three years of Extension workshops. Students are encouraged to repeat the workshop if desired!
Workshops are taught online through Zoom and Canvas. Students will need a computer or smart phone with webcam and microphone, internet and web streaming capacity, and the Zoom application installed to their device.