Shooting Stars – The Films of Anthony Asquith
Anthony ‘Puffin’ Asquith remains one of the greatest yet most underrated film directors in the history of British cinema. This short course will explore his work in-depth, including breathtakingly imaginative silent features (Underground, A Cottage on Dartmoor) gripping wartime propaganda (We Dive at Dawn, The Way to the Stars), superlative stage adaptations (Pygmalion, The Importance of Being Earnest) and his long-running collaboration with writer Terrence Rattigan (The Browning Version, The Winslow Boy).
Code: LLD 1/2 Thursday 6.30 – 9.00pm Date: January 25 5 weeks Fee £40 /£35
Beginning of an Unknown Era – Film-making in the Soviet Thaw
The death of Stalin in 1953 led to a re-thinking of Soviet policy in many areas, including the cinema. Censorship was relaxed and film-makers gained new freedom of expression, resulting in a wave of artistically ambitious productions that saw the USSR regain worldwide prestige for the quality of its films. This short course will explore some of the highlights of Soviet film-making in the late 1950s and 60s, featuring the work of new talents such as Grigory Chukhrai, Sergei Parajanov and Andrei Tarkovsky.
Code: LLD 1/3 Thursday 6.30-9.00pm Date: April 19 5 weeks Fee £40/£35