The Revolution Will Be Dramatized: The 60s On Film

March 27 - April 17, 2017

During the 60s, Hollywood turned its cameras toward an era of sex, drugs, and rock & roll that was exploding across the country.  In the decades that followed, some of America's most iconic filmmakers would use the radical 60s as a lens to dramatically reflect the revolution of history. This class will look at Hollywood's relationship with the 1960s, starting with how the counterculture was filmed as it happened and then exploring how the era's legacy continues to captivate audiences today. Taught by film historian John Trafton.

Class Specifics
This class has unfortunately been cancelled due to low enrollment. We apologize for any inconvenience.

March 27: The Sixties Films Itself
This week will look at films from the 1960s that captured the new culture that emerged. Featuring: A Hard Days Night (1964), The Graduate (1967), Medium Cool (1969), and Easy Rider (1969).

April 3: Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
This week looks at films that explore the 1960s music and counterculture scene, both its dark side and light side. Featuring: Woodstock (1970), The Doors (1991), Love and Mercy (2015), and Zodiac (2007).

April 10: War and Politics
This week will look at films that captured the impact of war and political upheaval, starting in the 60s and continuing up to the present day. Featuring: The Battle of Algiers (1966), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), JFK (1991), Forrest Gump (1994), and Ali (2001).

April 17: A Cinema of Nostalgia
This week will look at how this cinema was formed in direct response to the social and cultural changes of the 60s, and how 60s cinema continues to be idealized by film fanatics worldwide. Featuring: Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015), Contempt/Le Mepris (1963), The Dreamers (2003), and Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010).

Class Workload:
There are no required readings but suggested readings may be emailed in advance of specific classes.

About the Instructor:
John Trafton is a film historian and writer from the Seattle area. He is the author of several works on cinema history, including the book The American Civil War and the Hollywood War Film. His work focuses on how history is portrayed on film, war and cinema, the Horror genre, and pre-cinema spectacle art. He has a PhD in Film Studies from the University of St. Andrews, and has taught cinema on both sides of the Atlantic for over six years.