Masterpieces of World Cinema
“Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second, and you can hop from one place to another. It's a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.” This quote from Italian film director Federico Fellini articulates a poignant
commonplace about cinema’s relationship to the dream worlds we visit to supplement the more mundane aspects of our lives. So much, at least, can be said of cinema in general—but what of the more recent and popular genre known as “world cinema”? How can we begin to study and understand the uses of cinematic fantasy in an increasingly interconnected, globalized world? Do audiences halfway across the world share the same dreams, desires, and disappointments we experience when watching cinema?
This course will ask you to appreciate some masterpieces of world cinema as Dr. Adkins guides you through the formal and stylistic elements of film such as narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, symbolism, and sound.
Films we will critique together:
May 16: In the Mood for Love directed by Wong Kar-Wai
May 23: Amores Perros (Life’s a Bitch) directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
May 30: It Follows directed by David Robert Mitchell
June 6: Volver (Return) directed by Pedro Almodóvar
June 13: Parasite directed by Bong Joon Ho
June 20: Y tu Mamá También (And Your Mother, Too) directed by Alfonso Cuarón
This class will be held in-person at WIH
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Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.