Family Relationships in Cinema--Part I: Mothers and Daughters and Fathers and Sons

GENINT 711.359

Osher (50+). In this course, we view and discuss seven films that reflect on parent/children relationships. 

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What unites every human being—regardless of race, ethnicity, or geography—is that each one of us springs biologically from one mother and one father. The nature of this primal relationship is one of the fundamental factors that defines our identities and shapes how we initially view the world. Cinema has much to say on the emotionally-charged subject of parent/children relationships and conflicts. In this first course, we view a diverse selection of films (foreign and domestic) that reflect on the special bond that exists between a parent and child of the same sex. We explore mother/daughter relationships in Old Maid (1939), Imitation of Life (1934), and Precious (2009). We explore father/son relationships in Like Father, Like Son (2013), Father and Sons (2003), and The Pursuit of Happyness (2006). In week 7, we view the Japanese masterpiece Tokyo Story (1953), which deals with how relationships change when parents and children grow older. The stories these films tell are specific, but the issues raised are universal. You might cry or you might laugh, but you will most certainly identify with the characters.

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