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The Big Lebowski with Jim Emerson

September 20, 2014

USA | 1998 | 360 minutes | Joel Coen

The Big Lebowski goes under the analytical knife with a six-hour audience-fueled examination of what makes this film extraordinary. Join guest facilitator and film critic Jim Emerson as we work together scene-by-scene and often shot-by-shot through the symbolism, homage, and genius of the Coen Brothers cult masterpiece.

Bride of Frankenstein with Robert Horton

January 24, 2015

USA | 1935 | 360 minutes | James Whale

Dig deeper into James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein with a scene-by-scene dissection that takes place over the course of six hours. Renown Seattle film critic Robert Horton, author of the Cultographies book "Frankenstein" from Columbia University Press, reveals the art, nuance, and subtext behind the horror.

Children of Men with Georg Koszulinski

October 25, 2014

USA | 2006 | 360 minutes | Alfonso Cuarón

Cinema Dissection

Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men is well known as a contemporary intersection between emotional investment and technical precision. With guest facilitator and Seattle University film faculty member Georg Koszulinski leading this six hour session, the audience will work scene-by-scene through the film to unlock the creative choices that make the film a masterpiece.

Eraserhead with David Johnson

March 14

USA | 1977 | David Lynch

Eraserhead. Iconic, beautiful, and horrifying. It's the work which launched David's Lynch's storied career, and the term “Lynchian.” Yet, after 37 years, the film itself remains a mystery. Often described as inscrutable, the director himself recently stated that no one, to date, has come up with his interpretation of the film. David Johnson leads our dive into making sense of Lynch's toughest nut.

Tootsie with Warren Etheredge

April 18

USA | 1982 | 116 minutes | Sydney Pollack

Tootsie is one of the greatest comedies ever made. Dustin Hoffman's pitch-perfect performance as a female soap opera star was blessed with a spectacular cinematic foundation by director Sydney Pollack. Film scholar Warren Etheredge will facilitate our dissection of the comedic art as we evaluate how this brilliant screenplay came to hilarious life.

Touch of Evil with Sean Axmaker

November 15, 2014

USA | 1958 | 360 minutes | Orson Welles

Well known for its extraordinary opening, Touch of Evil is much more than just that initial tracking shot. Its rich cinematography, bold stylistic choices, and gritty story all coalesce to imagine a dark and atmospheric world of crime and corruption. Seattle film critic Sean Axmaker will facilitate this audience exploration with a six-hour dive into the pioneering mind of Orson Welles and his border town masterpiece.