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FLM 53 — Seven Great Films No One Has Ever Seen

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jun 29—Aug 10
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 12
Unit: 1
Tuition: $310
Instructor(s): Mick LaSalle
On-campus course
6:30—9:00 pm
Jun 29—Aug 10
7 weeks
Drop By
Jul 12
1 Unit
Mick LaSalle
Many great movies never make it into American theaters. We see only the scantest fraction of what Europe produces, and we don’t necessarily see the best. Even quality American films are often held up because of marketing concerns. A film will fall through the cracks when it doesn’t clearly fit a single advertising category, or a distributor will lose its nerve because a subject is deemed too daring. Mediocre films invariably find a market, while quality often goes begging.

In this course, we will screen seven great films that have never been released in our area. Some of these films were never even released in this country. They are entertaining, eye-opening movies that give a window into their respective cultures, foreign and domestic. Why weren’t they released? What scared away the distributors? And why do some movies make it and others never see light? Among the films screened will be May in the Summer, shown at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, and A Happy Event (2011), a French film that takes an unvarnished look at the effect of childbirth on the career of a French professional. Featured stars will include such luminaries as Nanni Moretti, Sophie Marceau, Monica Bellucci, and William H. Macy. The films we screen will come from the United States, Peru, France, and Italy, as well as other nations.

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: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses. He writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, and other Hearst newspapers.