History of European Cinema

Register for this Spring 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
This course surveys the major aesthetic, cultural, and industrial developments in European Cinema from the end of WW2 to today, including Italian Neorealism, French New Wave, New German Cinema, Spanish Surrealism, and Dogma. Proceeding chronologically, the course will examine the development of styles and themes through the principal film movements and genres and introduce cinematic language elements. Each week, one film will be assigned to illustrate a variety of genres, and students will develop skills in film analysis by breaking down all the aesthetic elements of specific scenes and sequences. The program may be subject to change. Screenings may include Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, Italy), Viridiana (Bunuel, Spain), Ali Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder, West Germany), and The Lives of Others (Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany). Spring 2023 tuition is $699. 

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A familiarity with groundbreaking European films from WW2 to today
  • An ability to define and appreciate different film genres

Ideal for

  • Movie buffs
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.