FLM 131 — The History of Cinema Told Through Great Films: 1960-1968
During this period, the American studio system that defined the rules of cinema started to falter. A younger audience craved something more challenging, more real, and more thrilling. Jean-Luc Godard and his fellow French New Wave directors threw out the old rule book and made film sexy and vital. Godard, along with such filmmakers as Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, and Michelangelo Antonioni, pushed the limits of what cinema could do, turning it into modernist art. Directors in non-Western countries started making complex works that challenged Western colonialism and hegemony. In this course, we will study several groundbreaking films of the 1960s including Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard), Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn), and Double Suicide (Masahiro Shinoda), and discover how this new generation of filmmakers reinvented and subverted the art of cinema during this volatile decade.
Students will watch the assigned films outside of class. All films can be purchased or rented on DVD, and most can be streamed instantly through Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play Movies, and other online providers.
This course is the second of six in a series exploring the history of cinema. While these courses build upon one another, each one can be taken independently as well.