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The Great Film Movements: Five Waves in Five Weeks CEXTN47-202280

Oct 5, 2022 - Nov 2, 2022

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The Great Film Movements: Five Waves in Five Weeks

Wednesdays, 10/5-11/2/2022, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Online

Instructor: Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle Film Critic

Progress in moviemaking often comes in huge, exciting waves of sudden development that harness an era’s promise and translate it into art. These waves change everything in their path. Sometimes they are driven by technology, at other times by 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. We will discuss Poetic Realism (Port of Shadows) and its influence on American Film Noir. German Expressionism (M, Sunrise) and its influence on American film (The Crowd); The French New Wave (Day for Night, My Life to Live); Direct Cinema and the creation of the modern documentary (Primary, The War Room); and the New Swedish cinema (Ingmar Bergman, Mai Zetterling).The course will also look at some of the earliest films and the ways they suggested the future course of cinema—the contrast between the Lumière brothers, in Europe, and their focus on everyday reality, and the early Edison films, in America, and 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.

This workshop is 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, and is the author of multiple books on film. LaSalle has written introductions for a number of books, including Peter Cowie’s “Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star” (2009). His latest book, a study of women in French cinema, is “The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses.