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FLM 131 — The History of Cinema Told Through Great Films: 1960-1968

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Dec 3
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 7
Units: 2
Tuition: $435
Instructor(s): Jonathan Crow
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 26
6:30—9:00 pm
Sep 24—Dec 3
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 7
2 Units
Jonathan Crow
Please Note: No class on November 26
The 1960s began with an explosion of creative energy, out of which emerged radical new forms of cinematic expression. The optimism of the John F. Kennedy presidency mirrored the increasing political and cultural power of the boomer generation. But that promise was betrayed by the assassination of progressive leaders like JFK and Martin Luther King Jr., and the ramp-up of a costly, failing war in Indochina. By 1968, much of the Western world was wracked with massive protests.

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.

Jonathan Crow, Writer; Filmmaker

Jonathan Crow received an MFA in filmmaking from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Japanese studies from the University of Michigan. During his dozen years in the Hollywood industry as a writer and editor, he wrote, researched, and produced for Declassified, a documentary series on the History Channel. Later, as an editor for Yahoo Movies, he interviewed numerous filmmakers and covered cinema from around the world. He has also shot TV commercials in Japan.

Textbooks for this course:

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