FLM 73 — They Got Through It, We Will Too: Crises in the Movies
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Dec 3
Time: 7:00 – 8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 26
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Mick LaSalle
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00 – 8:50 pm (PT)
Sep 24—Dec 3
No letter grade
In a time of crisis, it can be inspiring—or at very least, fascinating—to see how other generations dealt with the challenges that faced them. It is reassuring as well to see people in the past dealing with seemingly insurmountable problems that eventually resolved. In this course, we will look at Hollywood’s response to national crises by examining films that were made both in anticipation of crises and in response to them. Through clips and feature films, we will visit hot spots in America’s past, starting with the aftermath of World War I and the pacifist films made in dread of a possible World War II (The Eagle and the Hawk). Subsequent weeks will take students through the Great Depression (Heroes for Sale, Wild Boys of the Road), World War II, the Cold War, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the struggle for women’s rights (An Unmarried Woman), the AIDS epidemic (Longtime Companion, Philadelphia), 9/11, and the Great Recession (Wendy and Lucy, The Girlfriend Experience). Taken together, these movies suggest not a dystopian vision of endless struggle and calamity, but rather the sense that, in the end, troubles pass and people prevail.
All films can be rented or streamed instantly through Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play Movies, or other online platforms.