Cities on Film: NYC and Paris
Location, location, location. Some films are remembered for their unique characters, others for their unpredictable plot twists. Still others stick with us because of their settings, which can transport us to places presented with such depth and intensity that they live on beyond the viewing itself. This course will explore how American and French films have represented and explored two world cities—New York and Paris. The films we will see evoke the physical and social texture of the cities, including their spaces, street life, and iconography. We also will examine how power, social class, and race and ethnicity influence the cities and the lives of their inhabitants. The films will be dissected not only for their social, cultural, and political meanings, but also for their directorial style, narrative, and formal structure. Screenings will include Jean-Luc Godard’s Two or Three Things I Know About Her..., Céline Sciamma’s Bande de Filles, Harold Becker’s City Hall, Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, and Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset.
You'll Walk Away with
- Familiarity with iconic films set in New York City and in Paris
- Increased cultural literacy
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
- Professionals who use critical thinking