Admit it: since Monday Night Football ended, back in October, you’d been feeling flat. You come home from work, watch re-runs of “Two and a Half Men,” make some Trader Joe’s Indian dish, do some computer stuff, and kinda just stare idly into some undefined, far-off void.
There was nothing “manic” about your Mondays. They just plain stink.
Well, say bye-bye to those blahs. We’re stoked to announced “History Through Film,” a weekly film discussion & appreciation class, every Monday, at the Henry Miller Library, from 6-10 pm.
The classes are “free,” by which we mean, “your donations are very much appreciated.”
Classes will be led by Mr. Mike Harrington. You may know him as one of the screeners form the Big Sur International Film Series. (He’s kind of a big deal.)
To reserve a spot, please email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first class will be Monday, February 21st, and the topic will be “The Great Hollywood Epic: Historical Film as Mass Entertainment,” with a focus on Spartacus. And afterward, there’ll be a kegger just down the road at Phi Kappa Alpha. (I heard Cory is bringing the ice luge!)
For more info on the classes, what it means, and what to expect, click here.
Here’s syllabus beyond the 21st:
- February 28th – Historical Era: Film as Historical Yarn – Little Big Man (1970) (compare with Dances With Wolves & the Western Genre films)
- March 7th & March 14th – The Biopic: Historical Tribute vs. Artistic Interpretation – Gandhi (1982) vs. Nixon (1995) (or Downfall (2002) vs. The Great Dictator (1932)
- March 21st & March 28th –The War/Anti-War Film; Platoon vs. Full Metal Jacket (or Paths of Glory vs. Breaker Morant)
- April 4th– Historical Political Event- Battle of Algiers (1966)
- April 11th – Film as Historical Record- All the President’s Men (1976) (or Dr. Strangelove)
- April 18th–Marketing the Historical Drama as History: The Ethics of Historical Filmmaking- Schindler’s List (1993) (With reference to Amistad + Saving Private Ryan)
- April 25th – Demystification of Popular History-Quest for Fire (1980) (or King Arthur (2004)
See you there!