Can we learn new insights into American society — and our current political and social climate — by watching certain films? Do movies influence public opinion or simply reflect it? Examine 10 iconic films to chart the evolution of American society from the 1930s to the 2000s and gain clues about the current zeitgeist. This class will concentrate on five major themes represented in film: class, populism, race, gender, and militarism.
Richard Saiz is a documentary director and media veteran. He has won several awards, including the DuPont-Columbia and Best Documentary from the San Francisco Film Festival. He has conducted workshops in the United States, Cuba, and Brazil. As a programming manager for the Independent Television Service, he worked with directors and writers in developing fiction films for public television.
Note: This class begins January 31 and ends March 7.