Six Films That Changed the World Six Films That Changed the World

Six Films That Changed the World


Joseph Luzzi, Moderator

What are some of the films that have changed the history of the cinematic medium, and even impacted society at large? How did the techniques these films employed and the themes they developed revolutionize the way we watch movies, and why do these films still remain relevant and fascinating today? We will focus on six groundbreaking films, providing in-depth analysis of these individual works while connecting them to the larger cultural and historical factors that they so profoundly influenced. Video will be used.

Please Note: Viewing the films is recommended, but not required. While the sessions will include clips of the selected films, they will not be screened in their entirety.

Session 1 Casablanca, MICHAEL CURTIZ (1942)
Session 2 Rebel Without a Cause, NICHOLAS RAY (1956)
Session 3 8 ½, FEDERICO FELLINI (1967)
Session 4 Gandhi, RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH (1982)
Session 5 The Thin Blue Line, ERROL MORRIS (1988)
Session 6 Philadelphia, JONATHAN DEMME (1993)

THURSDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

SEPT 5, 19
OCT 3, 17, 31
NOV 14

Cost $475 (6 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $237.50

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Joseph Luzzi

JOSEPH LUZZI – An active critic, his writings on FILM have appeared in the New York Times, Times of London, Bookforum, and many others. Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. He holds a PhD in Italian Literature, Yale University.

His books include the memoirs In a Dark Wood (HarperCollins, 2015) and My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. His scholarly work A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2014) was a finalist for The Bridge Book Award. He received the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association for the book Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Yale Univ. Press, 2008)

Photo Credit: Everett Collection