WHERE NOW ARE THE DREAMS OF YOUTH? – THE LAST DAYS OF SILENT CINEMA
The success of The Jazz Singer ushered in the talkie revolution in 1927, and the silent film was doomed. But this universal artform was not dead yet, and many of its finest productions were made in its last years. This new course will look at silent film-making around the world in the late 1920s and early 1930s. As well as the long-established film industries of countries in Europe and the USA, we will also look at those that were emerging just as the technology was about to change, including India, Brazil and China. As we will see, the silent picture was not going to go quietly!
Please note – Due to clashes with other events, there will be no classes on 17 Oct or 21 Nov. The course will therefore finish on 12 Dec.
Course Code: 03 120 Thursday 6.30/9.00 Starts 10 October-8 weeks Fee: £64/£56
LA NUIT FANTASTIQUE – FRENCH CINEMA IN THE 1940s
When the Nazis occupied France in 1940, it led to fundamental changes for the country’sfilm industry. Many film – makers fled, and those that remained were carefully watched. But without Hollywood competition, the industry boomed and many outstanding productions were made, sometimes with anti-Nazi messages carefully concealed. After the war, the industry had to come to terms with its dual history of collaboration and resistance. New talents emerged while others returned from exile. This new course will explore a fascinating and overlooked period of film history, illustrated with complete films and numerous extracts.
Course Code:03 222 Thursday 6.30/9.00 Starts 23 January – 5weeks Fee:£40/£35
THE MIND BENDERS – THE FILMS OF BASIL DEARDEN
Although hardly a household name, director and producer Basil Dearden made some of British cinema’s most extraordinary films in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Best known for powerful social dramas tackling previously taboo subjects such as racism, religious fundamentalism, juvenile delinquency and homosexuality, he also directed some much-loved comedies, most notably The League of Gentlemen. This new course will explore the whole of Dearden’s long career to reveal one of the most significant talents in the history of British film.
Course Code: 03 308 Thursday 6.30/9.00 Starts 23 April – 5 weeks Fee: £40/£35