Tues & Thurs 6 - 10 pm
July 3 - August 9
Instructor: Stuart Weinstock
Spielberg may be the world’s most influential living film director. This course will analyze the content and formal construction of his films by following their thematic through-lines – family ties (strained and otherwise), the implacable threat, humanity at war, man vs. the natural world, the child’s perspective – in films as disparate as Jaws and The Terminal. Additional topics for discussion include: Spielberg’s close collaborations with Truffaut on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Kubrick on A.I.; the preponderance of period films in his oeuvre; the evolution of Spielberg’s approach to depicting violence; contributions as a producer and studio chief. We will discuss his origins in the “New Hollywood” of the 1970’s; the formative influence of directors like Ford, Lean, Capra, as well as the aesthetic sensibilities of the French New Wave.
Materials Fee: $30
Please note that this fee is in addition to the tuition rate and standard enrollment fees for the course. For more information, please see School of Continuing Education Summer Sessions Tuition & Fees.
About the Instructor
Stuart Weinstock is a writer, director and teacher. He earned his BA in Film Studies and Psychology from Columbia College, and his MFA in Directing from Columbia's School of the Arts. His short films have screened and won awards at film festivals worldwide. Stuart teaches Topics in American Cinema: the History of American Film Comedy at Columbia, and also teaches Film at Mercy College and New York Film Academy. More > >