What you can learn.
- Discuss film features
- Understand different film genres
- Understand classic film elements
About this course:
In this cinema course, we view six diverse films that are little-known to the American film-going public, but deserve to be seen. Think of this course as a kind of overlooked film festival. These movies are real discoveries, and in keeping with that spirit, the title of each will be announced weekly at the end of the preceding session. These films represent different genres: animation, war films, socially-conscious drama, suspense thriller, screwball comedy, and film noir, to name a few. Some make you laugh, some will quicken the pulse; still others might make you cry. All are entertaining, but most importantly, they make you think. After a brief introduction, we view the film and follow with a class discussion about the merits of the film, the issues raised, and the possible reasons why the film is relatively unknown. For example, one of our screenings, a Japanese masterpiece filmed in 1988, was shown in the U.S. at various film festivals, but never had a theatrical release in North America. Come watch some of your favorite stars of yesteryear, like Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, and Robert Walker, alongside relatively unknown actors, all in smaller films that are nonetheless rich in cinematic expression.