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FLM 73 — They Got Through It, We Will Too: Crises in the Movies

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
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
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $435
Instructor(s): Mick LaSalle
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on November 26. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Live Online(About Formats)
Thursdays
7:00 – 8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Sep 24—Dec 3
10 weeks
Drop By
Sep 26
2 Units
Fees
$435
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Mick LaSalle
Closed
Please Note: No class on November 26. In addition, some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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.

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.

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