Expanded descriptions of Spring 2017 courses

 

Scot Covey: Pre-Code Hollywood Film

Because of the nature of this material, there is no “canon” to speak of, and much of the joy is in discovery. Most studios, directors, and actors of the period participated in the making of films which pushed “appropriateness,” and we will be staying away from familiar films like King Kong and It Happened One Night. We will see films featuring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gary Cooper, Joan Blondell, Leslie Howard, Myrna Loy, to name a few. There will be comedies, dramas, musicals, thrillers. If you are out of practice watching old movies, you may want to catch up on some 1940s classics, just to get used to the narrative style and pacing.