Film Studies

Remote Classroom:
Introducing Dorothy Arzner

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 6:30 pm ET (75-90 minutes)  
Instructor: Jennifer Fleeger, Ph.D., Media and Communication Studies, Ursinus College

For a period during the 1930s, Dorothy Arzner was the only woman director working continuously in Hollywood. This seminar will detail the historical circumstances that led to the disappearance of other remarkable women behind the camera—Lois Weber, Cleo Madison, Ida May Park—and examine what gave Arzner her staying power. We will look at examples from Arzner’s decades-long career, including films starring Clara Bow, Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Maureen O’Hara, and Lucille Ball. As a lesbian woman directing films in the restrictive studio system, did Arzner’s movies have a style that spoke to her way of seeing the world? And how did the roles she created with these actresses shape their careers? Join us to learn the answers to these questions, and more. 

Students will receive email confirmation of their registration immediately, and another email with instructions for joining the class via Zoom about 24 hours before the class. Please be sure to check your clutter/junk/spam folders for these emails. If you cannot locate these emails, please email us.

Course Information

$15 for members, $20 for non-members

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  • Tuesday, October 13 · 6:30 pm