CHILDREN OF HIROSHIMA – Japanese Cinema in the 1950s
The 1950s is widely regarded as the golden age for cinema in Japan. After the horrors of war and the economic and social difficulties of the immediate post-war era, the major film studios enjoyed unprecedented success with a mix of family drama, historical subjects and a few esoteric surprises. Established masters such as Mizoguchi, Ozu and Naruse produced some of their greatest masterpieces, and were joined by dynamic new talents like Kurosawa and Ichikawa. This new course will be illustrated by complete films and numerous extracts.
Code LLD816 Thursday 6.30 – 9.00pm Starts October 18 – 8 weeks Fee: £64/£56
MAN MADE MONSTER – Universal Horror and its Imitators
When Universal Studios released Dracula and Frankenstein in 1931, they established the horror film as a recognised genre for the first time. Over the next 15 years the studio would enjoy massive success with its expanding roll-call of famous monsters and their many sequels, including the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Wolf Man. This spine-tingling new course will explore the history of Universal’s horror films, as well as looking at the work of the many other studios who tried to copy their success in the 1930s and 40s. It will be illustrated by complete films and numerous extracts.
Code LLD932 Thursday 6.30 -9.00pm Starts January 24 – 5 weeks Fee: £40/£35
THE GOLDEN VISION – British Television Drama in the 1960s
For much of the 1960s, the most innovative films made in Britain were seen not in cinemas but on television, as dynamic producers at the BBC and ITV took a chance on emerging talent that struggled to get their work seen on the big screen. This new course will look at the one-off dramas that were a vital part of TV schedules at this time, thanks to innovative anthology series such as The Wednesday Play and Armchair Theatre, bringing to huge audiences the extraordinary creativity of Ken Loach, Ken Russell, Peter Watkins, Dennis Potter and many others. It will be illustrated by complete programmes and numerous extracts.
Code LLD936/2 Thursday 6.30-9.00pm Starts April 18 – 5 weeks Fee: £40/£35
THE HISTORY OF CINECITTA
From Mussolini to Gangs of New York, Cinecitta, home of Italy’s film industry is now one of the world’s leading studios. This class explores its history, its stars and the films it makes.
**Please note this course will be in Italian and students attending should be relatively comfortable using the language.
Code LLD934/2 Wednesday 2.00-4.00pm Starts April 17 – 5 weeks Fee: £40/£35