The birth of the movies coincided with one of the great periods of global upheaval and unrest. They were born in a heated political context, and they have carried the traces of that revolutionary impulse ever since. There's something about the medium that conveys hopes, ideals, anger and insurgence like no other art form, and to this day there's no clearer mirror into our collective political dreams, nightmares, fantasies and (yes, every now and then) reality. Starting at the turn of the 20th century and ending in the age of Trump, Shadow States will tell the story of how movies have reflected—and instigated—political change, and the lessons they can teach us in this moment of political uncertainty and turmoil.
This lecture series is presented by film writer Geoff Pevere, who has been writing, teaching and broadcasting about movies, media and popular culture for more than 30 years. A former film critic with The Toronto Star and regular contributor to The Globe and Mail, he runs thebigshadow.com, a website devoted to the depiction of crime in pop culture.
Doors will open one hour before the first class.
Registrants will receive supplementary materials in advance of their first class.
Tuesdays, January 16-February 27
*Please note: no class February 6
Six-week course: $63 (Members: $54, $42, Free)
Single class: $21 (Members: $17, $14, Free)
Sponsored by Hollywood Suite.