“If It Moves, It Can Move You”: Opposites in the Cinema
A SPECIAL SERIES
Taught by Ken Kimmelman
This series will show how the art of the cinema, in its technique and meaning, and in all its diversity—from slapstick to spectacle, cinema verité to the fantastic, tragedy to comedy—is a oneness of the permanent opposites in reality:
“All beauty,” stated Eli Siegel, “is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”
Whenever a film is good or beautiful it is because it puts opposites together—rest and motion, light and dark, space and time, nearness and distance, continuity and discontinuity, unity and variety, freedom and order—the same opposites we are trying to make sense of in our lives. The series will study how these opposites are present in the motion picture, from Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery of 1903 to the latest cinematic achievement. Short film excerpts will be shown and discussed in each class.
The Spring-Summer semester of classes is now in session. For information about auditing classes, call the Registrar at 212.777.4490.
SPRING / SUMMER SEMESTER, 2019
May 29: The Drive to Be Free; or, The Escape Film
Films: The Shawshank Redemption, Le Trou, The Defiant Ones, I Am a
Fugitive from a Chain Gang, Stalag 17
June 26: Movies about Musicians—The Dramatic Relation of Art and Life
Films: Ray, The Overture, ‘Round Midnight, Walk the Line, Coal Miner’s
July 24: The Deadly Contempt of the Profit Motive—Shown in Films
Films: All My Sons, A Civil Action, The Whistleblower, Silkwood, The Rainmaker, Class Action
One Wednesday per month, 6 – 8 PM
Beginning date of this class: MAY 29
3 Monthly classes: $35
Fee for attending an individual class: $12
WINTER SEMESTER, 2019
Jan 30: Appearance & Reality in Classic French Cinema
Films: Blood of the Poet, Le Corbeau, The Crime of Monsieur Lange, La Bête Humaine, The Rules of the Game
Feb 27: Immigration in the Cinema; or, A Drama of Sameness & Difference
Films: El Norte, La Promesse, La Haine, Under the Same Moon, Live and Become
Mar 27: Give the Devil His Due; or, He’s in Film Too—& What Does He Represent?
Films: Faust, Angel on My Shoulder, Cabin in the Sky, The Omen, The Devil and Miss Jones
FALL SEMESTER, 2018
Sept 19: Films about Children; or, What Is the Deepest Hope of a Child?
Films: Rabbit-Proof Fence, Difret, Poil de Carotte
Oct 31: Comedy about Crime—When Is the Humor Right?
Films: Arsenic and Old Lace, Trouble in Paradise, Big Deal On Madonna Street
Nov 28: Fact & Imagination Can Surprise!—The Animated Short
Films: Paperman, Geri’s Game, Tin Toy, Partly Cloudy, Anna and Bella, The 2000 Year Old Man, Day & Night, A Greek Tragedy, Crac!
SPRING-SUMMER SEMESTER, 2018
May 30: What Are We Going After?—The Road Movie
Films: The Motorcycle Diaries, Wild Boys of the Road, The Straight Story
Jun 27: Weddings in the Cinema; or, Hope & Fear Walk Down the Aisle
Films: My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Father of the Bride, The Catered Affair
Jul 25: The Force of Ethics in the Adventure Film
Films: Robin Hood, Raiders of the Lost Ark
WINTER SEMESTER, 2018
Feb 28: The Documentary Film—a Drama of Fact & Imagination
Films: Burden of Dreams, The Battle of Chile, Part I, The Thin Blue Line, Kedi, Faces Places
Mar 28: Romantic Comedies; or, Love Will Find a Way
Films: Born Yesterday, The Philadelphia Story, French Kiss
Apr 25: Good & Evil in the Chase Film; or, What Are We Pursuing?
Films: The Fugitive, Bullitt, Odd Man Out, Marathon Man, The Bourne Identity