Major English and European Directors: From Mike Leigh to Claire Denis
The course delves into the films of a number of major English, Italian, and French directors—Mike Leigh, Ermanno Olmi, the Taviani brothers, Claire Denis, and Bertrand Tavernier. Explore their radically different cinematic styles, their view of human relationships, and the roles that society and national identity play in their work. Some of the films to be screened include Leigh’s tragicomic Naked; Olmi’s gentle, realistic, and melancholy depiction of office work, Il Posto; the Tavianis’ phantasmagoric treatment of WWII Italy in The Night of the Shooting Stars; Denis’ semiautobiographical film, Chocolat (1988), about French colonialism and its legacy; and Tavernier’s ’Round Midnight, a portrait of an expat jazz musician in 1950s Paris.
You'll Walk Away with
- Increased cultural literacy
- An appreciation of the legacies of these major film directors
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
- Professionals who use critical thinking