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FLM 141 B — Great Film Movements: Five Waves in Nine Weeks

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Jun 23—Aug 18
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jun 25
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $440
Instructor(s): Mick LaSalle
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Jun 23—Aug 18
9 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 25
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Mick LaSalle
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 German expressionism (M, Sunrise) and its influence on American film (The Crowd), poetic realism (Port of Shadows) and its influence on American film noir, 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 (Cries and Whispers).

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.

All films can be rented or streamed through Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play Movies, or other online platforms.

Film Critic, Hearst Newspapers

Mick LaSalle is the author of Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood, Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man, The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses, and Dream State: California in the Movies. He writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and other Hearst newspapers.