Required Viewing

In this series of seminars students will become familiar with how to understand and read the visual language of cinema and will become more acquainted with some of the greatest filmmakers who have ever lived.  Pre-registration is required. Email craig@nwfilmforum for registration.

See our past Required Viewing classes here.


Required Viewing: What the French Saw

February 2 - March 9 (Mondays), 6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Lyall Bush
Tuition: $160 ($140 for Film Forum members)

Even if you know a lot about the nouvelle vague, from 400 Blows to La Collectioneuse, you may not know the American films that Truffaut and Rivette openly loved, wrote about with insight, and felt the bending influence of. In this class we will study these precursor films, with some occasional reference to the French films themselves. We will watch Hitchcock, for example, who was so loved by the young Jean-Luc Godard (Strangers on a Train, Vertigo), Jean Renoir, whose Rules of the Game captivated the whole generation, John Ford's The Searchers and My Darling Clementine, Howard Hawks's The Big Sleep, Red River and Rio Bravo. In addition, we will watch a film or two made by Monogram Pictures, the company to which Godard dedicated Breathless. And, throughout, we will read essays published in the legendary Cahiers du cinema, written by Truffaut, Godard, and Eric Rohmer.

Register for What the French Saw