OSU Film Courses

The New Hollywood: Revolution in American Cinema

Advance Registration required: $129 for 10 classes
PLEASE NOTE: This is an Oregon State University film course that requires advance registration

After thirty years of strict enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code, Hollywood finally, in the mid-1960s, triumphantly smashed the shackles of censorship and proudly proclaimed its independence from the Puritanical constraints that had defined the very nature of commercial American moviemaking.

Hollywood at long last began to embrace images and ideas that had formerly been considered strictly unacceptable and off-limits. Eventually provocative subject matter, coarse language, a pre-occupation with violence, and increasingly more adult sexual content became commonplace as domestic films exploded with fresh urgency across movie screens.

This fertile and adventurous period in Hollywood history is intended not only as an appreciation for a select group of films, but also as a reflective look at times in which they were made. The films being produced often mirrored the dramatic events taking place across the country and the world: a bloody and seemingly endless war in Viet Nam, racial tensions tearing American cities apart, growing mistrust of political leadership, and a burgeoning sexual revolution all contributed to a new and challenging identity for American films.

Filmmakers like Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, and Arthur Penn (all represented here) helped re-invent American cinema during this creatively rambunctious period and were now among the ruling members of the New Hollywood. Seemingly, all bets were off as Hollywood now found itself entering a bold and provocative new chapter of its ever-evolving history.

This intensive ten-week survey of American films produced from the mid-60s to mid-70s will provide a vividly penetrating backdrop for an unusual and highly stimulating cinematic experience.

These are the TEN films we'll be watching in luxurious comfort at Cinema 21 in Portland each Saturday morning at 11:00 am beginning Saturday, January 11.

January 11: BONNIE & CLYDE (1967; Arthur Penn)
January 18: THE GRADUATE (1967; Mike Nichols)
January 25: POINT BLANK (1967; John Boorman)
February 1: THE SWIMMER (1968; Frank Perry)
February 8: HEAD (1968; Bob Rafelson)
February 15: MEDIUM COOL (1969; Haskell Wexler)
February 22: THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971; William Friedkin)
February 29: NO CLASS
March 7: BADLANDS (1973; Terrence Malick)
March 14: THE CONVERSATION (1974; Francis Ford Coppola)
March 21: THE LONG GOODBYE (1973; Robert Altman)
PLEASE NOTE: This is a complete program and no individual tickets/days will be sold.

Hollywood in the Thirties: Window on America

Advance Registration required: $129 for 10 classes
::: PLEASE NOTE: This is an Oregon State University film course that requires advance registration :::

In many compelling ways, America in the 21st century bears a remarkable and uncomfortable resemblance to the America of the 1930's: a polarized political climate rife with economic disparity, a legal system riddled with corruption, ethnic targeting and other immigration worries--all topics that resonate with an eerie similarity to the travails of today's uncertain world.

Hollywood in the 30's, in all its uncanny and prescient wisdom, was quick to respond to the social injustices it perceived with a stream of hard-hitting and uncompromising entertainments designed to ignite the passions and fuel the hopes of beleaguered movie-goers across the country. Contemporary cinema audiences (as well as students of political and social history) can learn a great deal from these powerful lessons from the past.

Whether dealing with outright societal issues (from juvenile delinquency to the staggering brutality of a wantonly corrupt prison system) or merely human dramas reflecting on the challenging times and conditions facing everyday Americans, these searing, emotionally charged dramas figured out what made this country tick and, with deft precision, they took careful aim at the myriad of dilemmas that faced our embattled nation.

This stimulating ten-week survey will be nothing short of a total immersion into the world of socially conscious cinema with the viewing and discussion of ten amazing films, all produced between 1932 and 1937. These inspiring classic films (featuring the works of such notable directors as William Wellman, Fritz Lang, William Wyler, Michael Curtiz and Mervyn LeRoy, as well as stars like Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and James Cagney) helped heal a fractured nation with thought-provoking examples of dynamic populist entertainment.

These are the TEN films we'll be watching in luxurious comfort at Cinema 21 in Portland each Tuesday morning at 11:00 am beginning January 14.

January 14: I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG (1932; Mervyn LeRoy)
January 21: HEROES FOR SALE (1933; William Wellman)
January 28: WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD (1933; William Wellman)
February 4: GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE (1933; Gregory LaCava)
February 11: FURY (1936; Fritz Lang)
February 18: THEY WON’T FORGET (1937; Mervyn LeRoy)
February 25: BLACK LEGION (1937; Archie Mayo)
March 3: MARKED WOMAN (1937; Lloyd Bacon)
March 10: ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES (1938; Michael Curtiz)
Marc 17: DEAD END (1937; William Wyler)

Tuesdays at 11:00 am beginning January 14, 2020.
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209