Rediscovering Kathryn Bigelow
Six Mondays, June 3–July 15 (no class on July 1), 6:30–8:30pm
Instructor: Bob Cumbow
Tuition: $95/members, $115/general
Max Attendance: 25
First (and so far only) woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director (for The Hurt Locker, 2008); not even nominated for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)—really? The truth is, Kathryn Bigelow has been the Real Thing since her very first film, The Loveless, as students will discover in this six-week survey of all nine of her feature films, which include Near Dark, Blue Steel, and Strange Days. Too often stereotyped as a "woman director" who makes “guy films" (we will be talking about this), Bigelow in fact demonstrates a steady female gaze, while assaying a variety of genres and transforming the form and style of the so-called “action film." Watch the films on your own, and come prepared to contribute to an invigorating discussion.