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Film History Discussion Series

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1895-1945


    The Gold Rush (1925)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course from the birth of cinema to the brink of its modern age. We will visit a chronological series of styles and national cinemas, including actualities from the U.S. and Europe, German Expressionism, and classics from Hollywood's first few decades, as well as other movements and genres of the medium's first fifty years. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    "A Trip to the Moon" (Georges Melies, France, 1902); "The Great Train Robbery" (Edwin S. Porter, US, 1903); Shorts from Thomas Edison, The Lumiere Brothers, and more
    The Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffith, US, 1915)
    The Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, USSR, 1925)
    The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, US, 1925)
    The Jazz Singer (Alan Crosland, US, 1927)
    M (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931)
    A Story of Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan, 1934)
    It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, US, 1934)
    Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl, Germany, 1935)
    The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 1935)
    Stella Dallas (King Vidor, US, 1937)
    Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, US, 1944)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1939


    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Seventy years ago, Hollywood was closing the book on what is widely considered the greatest single year in its history. Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the American cinema of 1939 (with a few classics from abroad thrown in). We will visit a series of genres and styles via the work of legendary directors, unforgettable stars, and an unparalleled studio system. Such essential films as The Women (George Cukor), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra), and The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, France) will be considered. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra)
    Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Sam Wood, UK)
    Wuthering Heights (William Wyler)
    Gunga Din (George Stevens)
    Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks)
    Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding)
    The Women (George Cukor)
    Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch)
    Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford)
    Stagecoach (John Ford)
    Daybreak (Marcel Carne, France)
    The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, France)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present


    My Life as a Dog (1985)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in France, Japan, Australia, and Sweden. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    September 18:
    Le Silence de la mer (Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1949)
    September 25: The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston, USA, 1950)
    October 2: Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1953)
    October 9: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks, USA, 1958)
    October 16: A Taste of Honey (Tony Richardson, UK, 1961)
    October 23: Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, Spain, 1966)
    October 30: Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, USA, 1971)
    November 6: Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, Australia, 1975)
    November 13: All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, USA, 1979)
    November 20: My Life as a Dog (Lasse Hallström, Sweden, 1985)
    November 27: Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, USA, 2002)


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  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Fall 2007)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in Italy, Japan, West Germany, Hong Kong, and Iran. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, USA, 1941)
    The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, USA, 1946)
    Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio DeSica, Italy, 1948)
    Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1954)
    All that Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, USA, 1955)
    Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan, 1959)
    Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1965)
    The Long Goodbye (Robert Altman, USA, 1973)
    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1974)
    Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, USA, 1982)
    Vagabond (Agnes Varda, France, 1985)
    Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong, 1994)
    Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 2002)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Fall 2008)


    The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of world cinema. We will visit a chronological series of styles and national cinemas, including classical Hollywood, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, and other movements and genres of the last sixty years. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1946)
    Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1950)
    Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, US, 1950)
    Umberto D. (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1952)
    Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk, US, 1959)
    Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1960)
    The Pawnbroker (Sidney Lumet, US, 1964)
    Gimme Shelter (Albert & David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, US, 1970)
    The Marriage of Maria Braun (R. W. Fassbinder, Germany, 1979)
    A Better Tomorrow (John Woo, Hong Kong, 1986)
    The Limey (Steven Soderbergh, US, 1999)
    Paradise Now (Hany Abu-Assad, The Palestinian Territories, 2005)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Fall 2009)


    The Conformist (1970)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of world cinema. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in the UK, India, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    Brief Encounter (David Lean, UK, 1945)
    Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, US, 1951)
    Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, India, 1955)
    North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1959)
    In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, US, 1967)
    The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy, 1970)
    Grey Gardens (Albert & David Maysles, US, 1975)
    Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, US, 1980)
    Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, US, 1989)
    Open Your Eyes (Alejandro Amenabar, Spain, 1997)
    Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Fall 2010)


    The Red Shoes (1948)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of world cinema. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in the United Kingdom, France, Japan, and Denmark. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    The Red Shoes (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1948)
    The Quiet Man (John Ford, US, 1952)
    Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, US, 1957)
    A Man and a Woman (Claude Lelouch, France, 1966)
    Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, US, 1969)
    Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, US, 1975)
    Ordinary People (Robert Redford, US, 1980)
    American Movie (Chris Smith, US, 1999)
    Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1983)
    Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, US, 2001)
    Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 1998)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Fall 2011)


    Badlands (1973)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of world cinema. We will take a chronological tour of international film, including stops in the United Kingdom, Japan, France, and Germany. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    Black Narcissus (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1947)
    Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis, US, 1950)
    Salt of the Earth (Herbert J. Biberman, US, 1954)
    Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1961)
    Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1964)
    Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski, US, 1968)
    Badlands (Terrence Malick, US, 1973)
    The Return of Martin Guerre (Daniel Vigne, France, 1982)
    Tucker: A Man and His Dream (Francis Ford Coppola, US, 1988)
    Little Dieter Needs to Fly (Werner Herzog, Germany, 1997)
    The Pledge (Sean Penn, US, 2001)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Fall 2015)


    The Wages of Fear (1953)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in France, Mexico, India, the United Kingdom, and Norway. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    September 21: Pinky (Elia Kazan, USA, 1949)
    September 28 (at 1pm): The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1955)*
    October 5: The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, France, 1953)
    October 12: The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buuel, Mexico, 1962)
    October 19: Charulata (Satyajit Ray, India, 1964)
    October 26: Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, USA, 1970)
    November 2: Overlord (Stuart Cooper, UK, 1975)
    November 9: Blow Out (Brian De Palma USA, 1981)
    November 16: For All Mankind (Al Reinert, USA, 1989)
    November 23: Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjrg, Norway, 1997)
    November 30: George Washington (David Gordon Green, USA, 2000)

    * Please note: Due to road closures in the Philadelphia area on the morning of September 28, that day's session will begin at 1pm.  In addition, due to the length of the film that was originally scheduled for that date, The Wages of Fear, it has been rescheduled for discussion on October 5, and the film originally scheduled for that date, The Trouble with Harry, will be discussed on September 28 instead.

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Fall 2016)


    Gilda (1946)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark and India. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    September 19: Gilda (Charles Vidor, USA, 1946)
    September 26: Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1948)
    October 3: No Session
    October 10: The Blob (Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr., USA, 1958)
    October 17: Jules and Jim (François Truffaut, France, 1962)
    October 24: Kes (Ken Loach, UK, 1970)
    October 31: Gates of Heaven (Errol Morris, USA, 1978)
    November 7: Breaker Morant (Bruce Beresford, Australia, 1980)
    November 14: Babette's Feast (Gabriel Axel, Denmark, 1987)
    November 21: The Ice Storm (Ang Lee, USA, 1997)
    November 28: Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, India, 2001)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Spring 2011)


    Cinema Paradiso (1988)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in France, Algeria, Italy, and the UK. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, France, 1946)
    From Here to Eternity (Fred Zinnemann, US, 1953)
    A Face in the Crowd (Elia Kazan, US, 1957)
    Pressure Point (Hubert Cornfield, US, 1962)
    The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria, 1966)
    Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, US, 1969)
    Harlan County, USA (Barbara Kopple, US, 1976)
    Chinatown (Roman Polanski, US, 1974)
    Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy, 1988)
    Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh, UK, 1996)
    Memento (Christopher Nolan, US, 2000)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Spring 2012)


    Harold and Maude (1971)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in the UK, France, Italy, Senegal, and Hong Kong. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed, UK, 1948)
    Rififi (Jules Dassin, France, 1954)
    The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock, US, 1957)
    Inherit the Wind (Stanley Kramer, US, 1960)
    A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone, Italy/Spain, 1964)
    Black Girl and "Borom Sarret" (Ousmane Sembene, Senegal, 1966)
    Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, US, 1971)
    Norma Rae (Martin Ritt, US, 1979)
    The Killer (John Woo, Hong Kong, 1989)
    Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley, US, 1992)
    The Fog of War (Errol Morris, US, 2003)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Spring 2013)


    Marriage Italian Style (1964)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in the UK, France, Italy, Japan, and Iran. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, UK, 1949)
    Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot, France, 1955)
    The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1956)
    Marriage Italian Style (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1964)
    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer, USA, 1967)
    Marathon Man (John Schlesinger, USA, 1976)
    My Beautiful Laundrette (Stephen Frears, UK, 1985)
    My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 1988)
    Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1990)
    The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann, USA, 1992)
    When We Were Kings (Leon Gast, USA, 1996)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Spring 2014)


    In the Mood for Love (2000)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in the UK, Spain, Israel, Germany, and Hong Kong. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    Great Expectations (David Lean, UK, 1946)
    An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli, USA, 1951)
    Death of a Cyclist (Juan Antonio Bardem, Spain, 1955)
    The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1956)
    Sallah Shabati (Ephraim Kishon, Israel, 1964)
    The Odd Couple (Gene Saks, USA, 1968)
    Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, Germany, 1972)
    Zelig (Woody Allen, USA, 1983)
    Walking and Talking (Nicole Holofcener, USA, 1996)
    In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong, 2000)
    Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki, USA, 2003)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Spring 2015)


    Crumb (1995)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in the UK, Japan, Poland, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 1948)
    The Sound Barrier (David Lean, UK, 1952)
    I Live in Fear (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1955)
    Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski, Poland, 1962)
    Seconds (John Frankenheimer, USA, 1966)
    Cabaret (Bob Fosse, USA, 1972)
    Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, USA, 1978)
    The Last Metro (Francois Truffaut, France, 1980)
    The Vanishing (George Sluizer, Netherlands, 1988)
    Crumb (Terry Zwigoff, USA, 1995)
    Tsotsi (Gavin Hood, South Africa, 2005)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Spring 2016)


    Safe (1995)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in France, the USSR, Czechoslovakia, Canada, and Australia. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    Jan. 25: Canceled*

    Feb. 1: Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges, USA, 1948)
    Feb. 8: The Earrings of Madame de . . . (Max Ophuls, France, 1953)
    Feb. 15: Canceled*
    Feb. 22: The Shop on Main Street (Jn Kadr and Elmar Klos, Czechoslovakia, 1965)
    Feb. 29: Don't Look Back (D.A. Pennebaker, USA, 1967)
    March 7: Mon oncle Antoine (Claude Jutra, Canada, 1971)
    March 14: Missing (Costa-Gavras, USA, 1982)
    March 21: Sweetie (Jane Campion, Australia, 1989)
    March 28: Safe (Todd Haynes, USA, 1995)
    April 4: Code Unknown (Michael Haneke, France, 2000)
    April 11: Letter Never Sent (Mikhail Kalatozov, USSR, 1959)
    April 18: Odd Man Out (Carol Reed, UK, 1947)

    *The sessions that were to be held on these dates have been rescheduled, and the series will proceed as indicated above.

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1945-Present (Spring 2017)


    The 400 Blows (1959)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in Italy, France, Spain, Taiwan, and Iran. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    Jan. 23: Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948)
    Jan. 30: Magnificent Obsession (Douglas Sirk, US, 1954)
    Feb. 6: The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, France, 1959)
    Feb. 13: The Executioner (Luis Garcia Berlanga, Spain, 1963)
    Feb. 20: Medium Cool (Haskell Wexler, US, 1969)
    Feb. 27: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Peter Yates, US, 1973)
    March 6: Koko: A Talking Gorilla (Barbet Schroeder, France, 1978)
    March 13: Zelig (Woody Allen, US, 1983)
    March 20: Boyz n the Hood (John Singleton, US, 1991)
    March 27: The Wedding Banquet (Ang Lee, Taiwan/US, 1993)
    April 3: Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 2002)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1963


    Contempt (1963)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions covering an array of films that were initially released fifty years ago. We will take a brief tour of international cinema, including stops in Italy, the UK, and France. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, USA)
    Hands over the City (Francesco Rosi, Italy)
    Hud (Martin Ritt, US)
    Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller, US)
    Tom Jones (Tony Richardson, UK)
    Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, France)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1964


    Goldfinger (1964)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions covering an array of films that were initially released fifty years ago. We will take a brief tour of international cinema, including stops in Italy, the UK, France, and Italy. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester, UK)
    Hush . . . Hush, Sweet Charlotte (Robert Aldrich, USA)
    World Without Sun (Jacques-Yves Cousteau, France/Italy)
    Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, UK)
    The Americanization of Emily (Arthur Hiller, USA)
    Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1965


    The Collector (1965)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions covering an array of films that were initially released fifty years ago. We will take a brief tour of international cinema, including stops in the UK, Czechoslovakia, and Italy. Films scheduled to be discussed are:


    5/4: Repulsion (Roman Polanski, UK)
    5/11: Von Ryan's Express (Mark Robson, US)
    5/18: Loves of a Blonde (Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia)
    5/25: No Discussion
    6/1: Cat Ballou (Elliot Silverstein, US)
    6/8: Fists in the Pocket (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)
    6/15: The Collector (William Wyler, US)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1966


    Tokyo Drifter (1966)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions covering an array of films that were initially released fifty years ago. We will take a brief tour of international cinema, including stops in Germany, Sweden, and Japan. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    5/2: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Mike Nichols, US)
    5/9: Young Trless (Volker Schlndorff, Germany)
    5/16: The Naked Prey (Cornel Wilde, US)
    5/23: Persona (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden)
    5/30: No Discussion
    6/6: The Fortune Cookie (Billy Wilder, US)
    6/13: Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki, Japan)

  • Film History Discussion Series: 1967


    The Graduate (1967)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions covering an array of films that were initially released fifty years ago. We will take a brief tour of international cinema, including stops in France, Czechoslovakia, and the USSR. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    5/1:
    Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, US)
    5/8: Le Samoura (Jean-Pierre Melville, France)
    5/15: In Cold Blood (Richard Brooks, US)
    5/22: The Firemen's Ball (Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia)
    5/29: No Discussion
    6/5: The Graduate (Mike Nichols, US)
    6/12: Commissar (Aleksandr Askoldov, USSR)

  • Film History Discussion Series: Genre Tour


    Humoresque (1946)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through some of the diverse genres that constitute the cinema. During our stops at these cinematic destinations, we will consider two contrasting entries in each of the following categories: film noir, melodrama, documentary, screwball comedy, animation, and musicals, respectively. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    The Big Heat (Fritz Lang, 1953)
    Brick (Rian Johnson, 2005)
    Humoresque (Jean Negulesco, 1946)
    Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
    Salesman (Albert & David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 1968)
    Man on Wire (James Marsh, 2008)
    The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937)
    Raising Arizona (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1987)
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (David Hand, 1937)
    Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, 2007)
    Love Me Tonight (Rouben Mamoulian, 1932)
    Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)

  • Film History Discussion Series: Presidents and Potentates


    Election (1999)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join members of BMFI’s faculty for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of world cinema. We will take a chronological tour of international film, including stops in Algeria, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    All the King’s Men (Robert Rossen, USA, 1949)
    The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, USA, 1962)
    Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, USA, 1964)
    Z (Costa Gavras, Algeria, 1969)
    The Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann, UK, 1973)
    General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait (Barbet Schroeder, France, 1974)
    All the President’s Men (Alan J. Pakula, USA, 1976)
    Dave (Ivan Reitman, USA, 1993)
    Evita (Alan Parker, USA, 1996)
    Election (Alexander Payne, USA, 1999)
    Good Morning, Night (Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 2003)

  • Film History Discussion Series: Tales of the Silver Screen


    Electric Shadows (2004)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the history of world cinema, with a focus on movies about motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international film, including stops in the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, and China. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    “A Film Johnnie” (George Nichols, USA, 1914); “Behind the Screen” (Charlie Chaplin, USA, 1916); Sherlock, Jr. (Buster Keaton, USA, 1924)
    Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, USSR, 1929)
    Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, USA, 1941)
    The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli, USA, 1952)
    Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, UK, 1960)
    8 ½ (Federico Fellini, Italy, 1963)
    Day for Night (Francois Truffaut, France, 1973)
    The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen, USA, 1985)
    The Player (Robert Altman, USA, 1992)
    Shadow of the Vampire (E. Elias Merhige, USA, 2000)
    Electric Shadows (Xiao Jiang, China, 2004)

  • Film History Discussion Series: Tales of the Silver Screen II


    The Girl of Your Dreams (1998)

    Taught by Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI

    Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the history of world cinema, with a focus on movies about motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international film, including stops in Germany, France, Spain, and Canada. Films scheduled to be discussed are:

    "His New Job" (Charlie Chaplin, USA, 1915);
    The Cameraman (Edward Sedgwick, USA, 1928)
    Hollywood Cavalcade (Irving Cummings, USA, 1939)
    It's a Great Feeling (David Butler, USA, 1949)
    Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (Robert Aldrich, USA, 1962)
    Beware of a Holy Whore (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany, 1971)
    The Stuntman (Richard Rush, USA, 1980)
    White Hunter, Black Heart (Clint Eastwood, USA, 1990)
    Swimming with Sharks (George Huang, USA, 1994)
    Irma Vep (Olivier Assayas, France, 1996)
    The Girl of Your Dreams (Fernando Trueba, Spain, 1998)
    Ararat (Atom Egoyan, Canada, 2002)