The Contemporary Cinema

Open—Spring

In this course, we will study the art of film and its practitioners around the world in the past quarter century. This has been a period of change and of significant accomplishment. We will look at the work of such notable filmmakers as Pedro Almodóvar and Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong and Ousmane Sembène, the Coen brothers and the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Luc Godard and Richard Linklater and Lucrecia Martel, Michael Haneke and Terrence Malick and Béla Tarr, Hong Sangsoo and Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Michael Mann and David O. Russell, Jia Zhangke and Abbas Kiarostami and Spike Lee and Agnes Varda and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, among other possibilities. We will examine important trends as well as outstanding films.