Mon & Wed, 6:00-9:50 pm
May 21 - June 27
Instructor: Leon Falk
Spend part of your summer behind the scenes, watching the best (and coolest) documentaries ever made about filmmaking, and the Hollywood way. Learn what life is like in the belly of the beast ... who tamed it, and who was tamed by it. Studying the working process of such artists as Francis Coppola, Werner Herzog, Terry Gilliam, John Ford, and Orson Welles, we will learn to appreciate the myriad documentary techniques that tell these often larger-than-life tales. In-class screenings include "Hearts of Darkness," "The Kid Stays in the Picture," "Burden of Dreams," and "A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies"--masterworks of documentary in and of themselves, exploring the nature and vision of narrative cinema in spellbinding ways. The first commandment of documentary filmmaking is finding a great subject. For film lovers, what can be more fascinating than Hollywood, from its allure to its limitations?
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
Leon Falk has been on the adjunct faculty at Columbia University since 1988, teaching mainly American film history. He has also been teaching since 2005 at NYU, where he did graduate work in Cinema Studies as well as the Film and TV Fine Arts programs. more > >