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FLM 53 — Ten Great Films No One Has Ever Seen

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Dec 5
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 9
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $445
Instructor(s): Mick LaSalle
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on October 17 and November 28
6:30—9:00 pm
Sep 26—Dec 5
9 weeks
Drop By
Oct 9
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Mick LaSalle
Please Note: No class on October 17 and November 28
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.

In this course, we will screen ten great films that have never been released in our area. 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, while others never see the light?

Among the films screened will be Facing Windows (Italy), winner of four Donatello Awards (the Italian Oscar); La Mosquitera, nominated for a best actress Goya Award (the Spanish Oscar); and Courted, starring Fabrice Luchini and Sidse Babett Knudsen, both nominated for a César (the French Oscar). Featured stars will include such luminaries as Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Géraldine Pailhas, Simon Yam, and Emma Suárez. The films originate from the United States, Europe, China, and South America. No film will be screened that has been shown in any previous LaSalle course of the past five years.

Mick LaSalle, Film Critic, Hearst Newspapers

Mick LaSalle is the author of four books: 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 the forthcoming The Scary Utopia: California in the Movies. He writes for the San Francisco Chronicle and other Hearst newspapers.

Textbooks for this course:

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