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FLM 62 — Contemporary Masters: The World's Greatest Living Directors

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 29—Dec 8
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 12
Unit(s): 2 Units
Tuition: $435
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 24
On campus
6:30—9:00 pm
Sep 29—Dec 8
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 12
2 Units
Please Note: No class on November 24
With the deaths of Ingmar Bergman and Jacques Rivette, some said that the age of the great directors was over. Yet there are directors today making movies that will be discussed in awed tones fifty and sixty years from now. Their work stands up to that of any previous era. But who are the cinematic greats, the future legends, of our day? What constitutes great direction, and what are the various ways that directors achieve their effects? This course will take you on an international tour that will help answer those questions.

Through clips and feature films, we will examine the work of talents such as Tim Burton, Terrence Malick, Richard Linklater, and Woody Allen, along with Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea), Jean-Pierre Améris (Romantics Anonymous), and others. The emphasis will be on how great direction provides a distinct vision of reality, and both distills and instills a new consciousness. The films featured in this course have not been shown in any of the instructor’s previous Stanford Continuing Studies courses over the past five years.

Mick LaSalle, Film Critic, Hearst Newspapers

Mick LaSalle is the author of three books: Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood, Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of Modern Man, and The Beauty of the Real. He writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, and other Hearst newspapers.

Textbooks for this course:

No required textbooks