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FLM 76 — Ten Films That Shook the World

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 4—Jun 6
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 17
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): Mick LaSalle
6:30—9:00 pm
Apr 4—Jun 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 17
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Mick LaSalle
Every year, hundreds of films are released in the United States and still more are released throughout the world. This ever-increasing deluge of titles is a testament to the strength and influence of cinema. Yet at the end of each decade, how many films can be said to have tapped into the profound power of film to change how people feel, think, experience the world, and live their lives? How many films really change the world, either socially and politically, or culturally and aesthetically?

In this course, we will go on an international survey of films that have made a difference. Through clips and feature-length screenings, we will look at movies that have influenced politics (Robert Drew’s John F. Kennedy films); changed how movies were made (The Jazz Singer); launched film movements such as the French New Wave; influenced and expressed youth culture (A Hard Day’s Night and Saturday Night Fever); changed the way the public felt about AIDS; expressed the anxieties of the Great Depression and the Great Recession; and promoted women’s equality (The Divorcee, An Unmarried Woman). The course will concentrate on what was going on at the time of each film’s making and release, with an eye toward showing what specifically these films changed, how they changed it, and how things were never quite the same again.

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 the 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.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.