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The 1990s: Ten Years in Five Weeks CEXTN29-202340 is a Course

The 1990s: Ten Years in Five Weeks CEXTN29-202340

Feb 22, 2023 - Mar 22, 2023

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Wednesday, 7/13-8/10/2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm, online

The 1990s: Ten Years in Five Weeks 

Instructor Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle Film Critic

The 1990s was a remarkable decade that saw the birth of the internet and the emergence of independent cinema—an era that seemed turbulent at the time, with the recession and the Persian Gulf War, but now feels like a halcyon period of stability and prosperity. It was a time of Shakespeare and Henry James adaptations and World War II–era movies (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line). Reflecting both the confidence and anxieties of the time, the movies looked back on what suddenly seemed like a triumphant American century.
In this course, we distill an entire decade of great and notable films. We will examine a different year in each class session, starting in 1990 with films such as Goodfellas, Jacob’s Ladder, and Dances with Wolves, and ending in 1999, with films such as Fight Club, Election, and Notting Hill. We will look at what was happening in the world as the films were being made and released. Through looking at the events of the time, students will come away with a better sense of the films, and through the films, come into a deeper sense of the era.

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.

Instructor Bio: Mick LaSalle is the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, where he has worked since 1985. He is the author of two books on pre-censorship Hollywood, "Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood" and "Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man." Both were books of the month on Turner Classic Movies and "Complicated Women" formed the basis of a TCM documentary in 2003, narrated by Jane Fonda. He has written introductions for a number of books, including Peter Cowie's "Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star" (2009). He was a panelist at the Berlin Film Festival and has served as a panelist for eight of the last ten years at the Venice Film Festival. His latest book, a study of women in French cinema, is "The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses."

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