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.
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A History of Exploitation Cinema
December 2 - January 20 (Tuesdays) 6:30pm-8:30pm (No class Dec 23 & 30)
Instructor: David Church
Tuition: $150 ($125 for Film Forum members)
Made to capitalize on issues and imagery that more mainstream films would not address, exploitation films emerged across the twentieth century as an alternative mode of low-budget genre cinema centered on lurid spectacle, elaborately promotable elements, and timely or controversial subject matter. Today, these films are often seen as campy or outrageous schlock, but this course will show how they serve as important documents of the social anxieties that titillated audiences during their respective historical periods. Topics include 1930s-40s sex-hygiene films, 1950s rock ‘n’ roll teenpics, 1960s sexploitation, 1970s blaxploitation, 1970s vigilante films, and 1980s slasher films. Students will watch films and read short essays ahead of each week’s discussion group.