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FLM 53 — Ten Great Films No One Has Ever Seen

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Dec 6
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 10
Units: 2
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): Mick LaSalle
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 22
6:30—9:00 pm
Sep 27—Dec 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 10
2 Units
Mick LaSalle
Please Note: No class on November 22
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 distributors will lose their 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 ten great films that have never been released in our area. In some cases, 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 Facing Windows (Italy), winner of multiple Donatello awards (the Italian Oscar), and The Role of Her Life (France), a masterpiece the instructor found out about by chance. Featured stars will include such luminaries as Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sophie Marceau, and Monica Bellucci. We will screen films from the United States, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, and 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.

Textbooks for this course:

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