A03 - 
Film and the City
  The birth of cinema coincided with a period of urbanization and a new sense of life in the modern metropolis. From the beginnings of film history to the present, movies have come to grips with the complexities of the urban environment. They have shaped our sense of cities as symbolic sites signifying opportunity, progress, and the promise of social integration but also danger, alienation, and the collision of distinct cultures and social classes. Ranging from neon-lit wonderlands to post-apocalyptic wastelands, cinematic cities have mapped our cultural aspirations and anxieties. Seminar participants will explore how cities have been represented in movies by viewing films and excerpts from the silent era onward and doing readings in both film and urban history.
4/30/2021, 5/7/2021