Join Film Expert Elliot Lavine in Portland, OR

Dates
April 14 - May 19, 2018
April 14, 2018
Body and Soul (1947)
April 21, 2018
Crossfire (1947)
April 28, 2018
Brute Force (1947)
May 5, 2018
Force and Evil (1948)
May 12, 2018
Try and Get Me (1950)
May 19, 2018
The Prowler (1951)
Delivery
In-Person on Saturdays
11:00 AM PST
Cinema 21 Theatre
616 NW 21st Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Cost
$79.99
Contact
PACE@oregonstate.edu
541-737-4197

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This intensive six-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 1940s and early 50s. 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 lead to the dissolution of many great careers. The work 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, often dealing overtly 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.

 

 

The films that will be viewed are:

 

  1. Body and Soul (1947)
  2. Crossfire (1947)
  3. Brute Force (1947)
  4. Force of Evil (1948)
  5. Try and Get Me (1950)
  6. The Prowler (1951)

Students will be presented with a vivid portrait of American political and social history as reflected by contemporary cinema of the day. Of equal importance, students will be exposed to a brilliant array of cinematic art which will hopefully broaden their appreciation for film from this classic period.

Instructor Elliot Lavine

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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.

  • 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.