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Vintage movie poster for the movie Decoy. The Great Film Movements: Five Waves in Five Weeks CEXTN30-202240 is a Course

The Great Film Movements: Five Waves in Five Weeks CEXTN30-202240

Feb 9 - Mar 10, 2022

$225 Enroll

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Wednesday, 2/9-3/9/2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Instructor Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle Film Critic

Progress in movies isn't incremental. It comes in huge, exciting waves of sudden development that harness an era's promise and translate into art. These waves change everything in their path. Sometimes they are driven by technology, at other times through economics, world events or changes in social mores. In this course, we will delve into five of these waves, or film movements, through clips and full-length features. Among the waves under discussion will be the evil femme-fatale films of the silent era (Flesh and the Devil) and their revival in film noir (Decoy); the horror films of Universal and Paramount studios; the Italian neorealism of Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica and its main tributary, The French New Wave; the American New Wave (The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, and Dog Day Afternoon), and the modern mumblecore movement (Drinking Buddies, Baghead, 28 Hotel Rooms).

The course will also look at some of the earliest films and the ways they suggested the future course of cinema; the contrast between Lumiere Brothers, in Europe, and their focus on everyday reality, and the early Edison films, in America, with their preoccupation with sex and violence. Students will come away from the course conversant in each movement, equipped to explore any or all of them in further depth, and with a deeper sense of the breadth and range of cinema.

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."