Winter Studies 2018 Session 1
March 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Friday, repeating until April 27, 2018
How to ‘Read’ a Film II – A Study of Directors
Dr. Mark J. Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs, Yale College Former Lecturer in English
Fridays, February 16 – April 27
You are registering Section #1 from 1-3pm
(no class March 30; save May 4 for make-up snow day)
$250 (members $225); no refunds after January 15, 2018
Join Dr. Mark J. Schenker for a second series of lectures on “How to Read a Film,” which continues and extends the course he offered in Winter Studies 2017. Film fans of all stripes will be able to deepen their enjoyment and understanding of film as they view ten classic movies of the 1940s and 1950s by three great Hollywood directors. Through a combination of lectures and the showing of ample excerpts from each film, Dr. Schenker will help participants see that common-sense attention to basic details of how a film functions as a work of art—that is, as an artifice, something artificial—can reveal aspects of the cinema that do not require knowledge of film theory.
The focus will be on films in the context of each director’s style and sensibility, with four movies by Billy Wilder (1906-2002), three by John Huston (1906-1987), and three by Howard Hawks (1896-1977).
Billy Wilder Films
Double Indemnity (1944) • Sunset Boulevard (1950) • Stalag 17 (1953) • Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
John Huston Films
The Maltese Falcon (1941) • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) • The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Howard Hawks Films
His Girl Friday (1940) • The Big Sleep (1946) • Rio Bravo (1959)
Dr. Mark J. Schenker, who holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature, is a Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs in Yale College. His fields of concentration are Victorian and Modern British Literature, and he has taught courses on these and other topics at Columbia University, New York University, Trinity College and Yale College. For more than 30 years he has lectured and led book discussions at libraries and other venues throughout Connecticut. In 2001, the Connecticut Humanities Council presented him with the Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar.
Space is limited so sign up early.