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FLM 136 — The 1990s On-Screen: 10 Years in 10 Weeks

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 29—Dec 8
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 1
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $465
Instructor(s): Mick LaSalle
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 24
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Sep 29—Dec 8
10 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 1
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Mick LaSalle
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 24
The 1990s was a remarkable decade that saw the birth of the internet and the emergence of independent cinema—an era that seemed turbulent at the time, with the recession and the Persian Gulf War, but now feels like a halcyon period of stability and prosperity. It was a time of Shakespeare and Henry James adaptations and World War II–era movies (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line). Reflecting both the confidence and anxieties of the time, the movies looked back on what suddenly seemed like a triumphant American century.

In this course, we distill an entire decade of great and notable films. We will examine a different year in each class session, starting in 1990 with films such as Goodfellas, Jacob’s Ladder, and Dances with Wolves, and ending in 1999, with films such as Fight Club, Election, and Notting Hill. We will look at what was happening in the world as the films were being made and released. Through looking at the events of the time, students will come away with a better sense of the films, and through the films, come into a deeper sense of the era.

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.