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FILM STUDIES CLASS • Background as Foreground: Landscape as Character in Three American Films

September 18, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

with Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs, Yale College

Friday, September 18, 3pm

Featured Film: Into the Wild (2007) dir. Sean Penn; available from NETFLIX at DVD only, rental from Amazon Prime for $2.99

This event is free but registration is required! Sign up here.

Mark J. Schenker of Yale College and Florence Griswold Museum’s successful “How to Read a Film” series returns to discuss three American films from different decades of the last 50 years with respect to the role that landscape plays in our movie-viewing experience when the background moves into the foreground. The series is being offered in conjunction with the Museum’s new exhibition Fresh Fields: American Impressionist Landscapes from the Florence Griswold Museum.

This is the true story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch). Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure.–Amazon

The lecture will take place virtually via GoTo Webinar and a link to access the event will be sent when participants register.

Participants are encouraged to watch the webinar broadcast live in order to see the film clips of each movie. The recording of the session will not include the film clips due to copyright law. However, should you miss the live broadcast, a list of YouTube links will be provided in the follow-up email.

Support provided by Art Bridges

Art Bridges

CT Humanities

And our media sponsor



September 18, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Florence Griswold
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