Watching a handful of films from the same year in a small time significantly alters the audience reaction as you become accustomed to the styles and vernacular of the time. And so, we will take an in-depth look at a handful of some of the most representative films of that year, their respective legacies and their connection to the moral, political and social attitudes of the time.
We will look at some of the bigger box office hits of the year, the Oscar winners and nominees as well as some more obscure titles - hidden gems that will allows us to get a sense of the depth of 1959. We'll take a look at a cross-section of genres whether it be popular films like Westerns and epics to smaller black and white dramas or the rise of independent and foreign films.
Before beginning the course, we will have a virtual free introductory meeting with the group to get a sense of what the individual experiences and interests are as far as the course is concerned. The exact syllabus of the course will be determined from that initial meeting.