Join Noted Film Programmer and Instructor Elliot Lavine on Tuesday mornings June 25 - August 27

Dates
June 25 - August 27, 2019
No class on Tuesday, July 23
June 25, 2019
Body & Soul (1947)
July 2, 2019
Crossfire (1947)
July 9, 2019
Brute Force (1947)
July 16, 2019
Force of Evil (1948)
July 30, 2019
Thieves' Highway (1949)
August 6, 2019
Try and Get Me! (1950)
August 13, 2019
The Lawless (1950)
August 20, 2019
The Prowler (1951)
August 27, 2019
M (1951)
Delivery
In-Person on Tuesdays
11 a.m. PDT
Cinema 21 Theatre
616 NW 21st Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Cost
$129
Must pay for entire nine-week course. No individual tickets will be sold.

This highly intensive nine-week course will focus on one of Hollywood's most infamously notorious chapters: the Blacklist--a government-mandated witch-hunt that decimated much of the film community in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Writers, directors and actors alike were all subjected to the dogged scrutiny of the House Un-American Activities Committee in a feverish attempt to rid Hollywood of any and all Communist infiltration after World War II. The overall impact of the Blacklist would eventually bring about the ruination of many great careers. The work of many of these radical artists will be on full display during this thrilling evocation of Hollywood's most dangerous period.

Crime films, now more commonly referred to as film noir, became the most fertile soil for writers, producers and directors searching for a platform for their personal and often socially subversive ideologies. Many of these scabrous low-budget films overtly dealt with serious social problems (prison brutality, anti-Semitism, political corruption, mob violence, etc) went largely unnoticed by censors and government watchdogs, enabling a steady stream of highly charged, meaningful films to invade the public consciousness. Ultimately these artists would pay a severe price for the right to freely express their ideas and concerns, leaving behind a battle-scarred Hollywood landscape that would take decades to heal.

Instructor Elliot Lavine

Instructor Photo

Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer of national repute since 1990, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and now here in Portland. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir. He has taught film studies courses for Stanford's Continuing Studies Program since 2006.

Films in this course

The films we will watch together--in their entirety on the BIG screen at Cinema 21--will be:

  • June 25: BODY & SOUL (1947)
  • July 2: CROSSFIRE (1947)
  • July 9: BRUTE FORCE (1947)
  • July 16: FORCE OF EVIL (1948)
  • July 30: THIEVES' HIGHWAY (1949)
  • August 6: TRY AND GET ME! (1950)
  • August 13: THE LAWLESS (1950)
  • August 20: THE PROWLER (1951)
  • August 27: M (1951)

There will be no class on Tuesday, July 23.

  • Elliot Lavine

    Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer of national repute since 1990, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and now here in Portland. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir. He has taught film studies courses for Stanford's Continuing Studies Program since 2006.