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

September 11, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

with Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs, Yale College

Friday, September 11, 3pm

Featured Film: Paris, Texas (1984) dir. Wim Wenders; available from NETFLIX at DVD only, rental from Amazon Prime for $3.99

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.

Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski).–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 11, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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