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The Sopranos (1999-2007)


“Made in America”: Rebranding Existentialism in The Sopranos

4 Mondays, February 19 to March 12, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Paul Wright, Ph.D., Department of English, Cabrini University
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $100 for members, $125 for non-members
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In this second course on The Sopranos, we consider the final three seasons of the series as a window into creator David Chase’s ultimate vision and approach to making cinematic art for the small screen. In exploring the last half of the absurdist tale of mob boss Tony Soprano and the various “families” competing for his attention, we will also be assessing the series as a whole, with special attention paid to its memorable and divisive finale. Self-consciously entitled “Made in America,” that final episode remains a willful confrontation with both hardcore fans and broader audiences who were often demanding a far more conventional gangster tale than they ultimately received.

Throughout the series, Chase was striving to bring a European art house sensibility to American television—all in the service of a resolutely existentialist take on contemporary American values and experiences. The Sopranos has always been, at heart, about the ways we live—and sometimes wither—under the weight of American definitions of happiness and the expectations they invite. From this perspective, we will tackle the series as a decidedly cinematic enterprise that took television narrative in countless new directions that still shape the medium today, as well as a philosophical provocation whose power and urgency continue to resonate.
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  • Monday, February 19
    6:30pm 2018-02-19 18:30:00 2018-02-19 21:30:00 America/New_York “Made in America”: Rebranding Existentialism in The Sopranos http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2231 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Monday, February 26
    6:30pm 2018-02-26 18:30:00 2018-02-26 21:30:00 America/New_York “Made in America”: Rebranding Existentialism in The Sopranos http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2231 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Monday, March 5
    6:30pm 2018-03-05 18:30:00 2018-03-05 21:30:00 America/New_York “Made in America”: Rebranding Existentialism in The Sopranos http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2231 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Monday, March 12
    6:30pm 2018-03-12 18:30:00 2018-03-12 21:30:00 America/New_York “Made in America”: Rebranding Existentialism in The Sopranos http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2231 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA