Film Courses

Since 2007, I have been teaching film appreciation courses for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University. Most of my courses fall into the “Exploring Cinema” format – covering three diverse topics. I am casting a wide net to appeal to those interested in learning about a broad array of film styles, genres, etc. I am currently planning for a new course for Fall, 2020. Below, you will find the film listings for my previous courses.


Film Listings for Previous Courses

Intro to Film Noir – Fall 2007
The Maltese Falcon
Double Indemnity
Mildred Pierce
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Railroaded
Gun Crazy
The Set-Up
In a Lonely Place
Kiss Me Deadly
Touch of Evil

Exploring Cinema – Winter 2008
Mockumentary Films
Zelig
Incident at Loch Ness
Forgotten Silver
Death of a President
Pre-Code Films
Baby Face
Boop-Oop-a-Doop (short)
Blonde Venus
Red-Headed Woman
Trouble in Paradise
The Early Films of Jack Nicholson
Five Easy Pieces
The Last Detail
Chinatown

The Lighter Side of Death – Spring 2008
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Beetlejuice
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Loved One
Skeleton Dance (short)
Hell’s Bells (short)
Bambi Meets Godzilla (short)
Windows (short)
Dear Sweet Emma (short)
Frankenweenie (short)
Death Becomes Her

Exploring Cinema – Fall 2008
Hal Hartley: American Independent
The Unbelievable Truth
Trust
Simple Men
Henry Fool
Strong Women / Silent Cinema
Back to God’s Country
The Confederate Ironclad (short)
Hindle Wakes
Bed and Sofa
Anti-War Films
The Cranes are Flying
Forbidden Games
Grave of the Fireflies
The Murderers are Among Us

Exploring Cinema – Winter 2009
Hitchcock: The Espionage Films
The 39 Steps
Foreign Correspondent
Saboteur
Notorious
Through the Eyes of Children
The Fallen Idol
The Street (short)
Lord of the Flies
The Spirit of the Beehive
Radio Days
Every Child (short)
Justice and the Documentary
Murder on a Sunday Morning
Brother’s Keeper
Capturing the Friedmans

Exploring Cinema – Fall 2009
Remote Locations
Edge of the World
Black Narcissus
Walkabout
Grizzly Man
Fassbinder’s BDR Trilogy
The Marriage of Maria Braun
Veronika Voss
Lola
Movies About Television
Quiz Show
The Truman Show
Pleasantville

Exploring Cinema – Winter 2010
The Trouble with Relationships
Crazy Love
Knife in the Water
Teeth Smile (short)
Calendar
Lily and Jim (short)
In the Mood for Love
Future Imperfect
Seconds
12 Monkeys
The End of August at the Hotel Ozone
Peace on Earth (short)
Time of the Wolf
The Early Films of Errol  Morris
Gates of Heaven
The Thin Blue Line
Mr. Death

Exploring Cinema – Fall 2010
The  Writing Life
Trumbo
Gonzo
Monster in a Box
Barton Fink
British Films of the Sixties
Georgy Girl
Alife
Darling
Woody Allen and the Morality of Murder
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Match Point
Cassandra’s Dream

Exploring Cinema – Fall 2011
Serial Killers in the Cinema
The Minus Man
Felicia’s Journey
Frenzy
Fargo
The Family and the Documentary
51 Birch Street
Alma
Forgetting Dad
Gothic Films
The Innocents
Sunset Boulevard
Rebecca


Exploring Cinema – Fall 2012

Classic Westerns
Shane
High Noon
The Searchers
The Man Who Shot  Liberty Valance
Obsessions
Bobby Fisher Against the World
Man on Wire
Tabloid
What is Human?
Never Let Me Go
Moon
Blade Runner

Exploring Cinema – Winter 2013
The Lighter Side of Death
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Loved One
Death Becomes Her
Dead End Jobs
Assisted Living
How to Keep a Job (short)
Clockwatchers
The Parking Lot Movie
C’était un Rendez-vous (short)
Films About Films
Cinemania
Those Awful Hats (short)
Living in Oblivion
The Bad and the Beautiful
This Film is Not Yet Rated

Exploring Cinema – Fall 2013
Sports Documentaries
Murderball
When We Were Kings
Harvard  Beats Yale 29-29
The Original Versions
The Shop Around the Corner
Purple Noon
Chicago
Akira Kurosawa
No Regrets for Our Youth
Stray Dog
Throne of Blood
Rashomon

Exploring Cinema – Fall 2014
Film Noir: Three Forgotten Films
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Detective Story
Odds Against Tomorrow
Documentary and Identity
Stories We Tell
Life 2.0
Kumaré
The Imposter
The Films of François Ozon
Under the Sand
5 x 2
Time to Leave
Swimming Pool

Alfred Hitchcock: A Career – Winter 2017
The Lodger
Blackmail
The 39 Steps
Rebecca
Shadow of a Doubt
Notorious
Rear Window
Vertigo
Psycho
The Birds

Exploring Cinema – Fall 2017
Hal Hartley: American Independent
The Unbelievable Truth
Trust
Henry Fool
Traditional Lives / Modern Times
Devil’s Playground
Circo
Summer Pasture
The  Films of Asghar Farhadi
About Elly
The Past
The Salesman
A Separation

Exploring Cinema – Fall 2018
Pre-Code Hollywood
Baby Face
Red-Headed Woman
Blonde Venus
Political Documentaries
Weiner
Boogie Man
The Times of Harvey Milk
Science Fiction in the 21st Century
Timecrimes
Another Earth
Under the Skin
Ex Machina

Exploring Cinema – Fall 2019
Movies About Television
Quiz Show
The Truman Show
Pleasantville
Hot Spots
Last Days in Vietnam
The Tillman Story
Before the Rain
The Battle of Algiers
Dysfunctional Families
Fish Tank
The Florida Project
A Serious Man


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