Cinema Dissection

Cinema Dissection affords film lovers an exciting opportunity to dig deeper into the films that they love. Over six hours, an expert facilitator will share the stage with audience observations as they work scene-by-scene through a great film.

Inspired by Roger Ebert’s annual Cinema Interruptus in Boulder, CO, attendees will participate in a scene-by-scene, and sometimes shot-by-shot, deconstruction of the featured film. While the facilitator will certainly share their thoughts, anyone in the audience may call out ‘Stop’ and either ask a question of the group or make an observation around a certain shot or moment in the film.

Each Cinema Dissection program is expected be six hours in length with two 15-minute intermissions. The film will not be screened in its entirety so participants are encouraged to view the featured film in advance of the program. Participants will be jumping straight in to the analysis from the beginning of the session.

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The Third Man with Sean Axmaker

January 21

United Kingdom | 1949 | Total Event = 6 hours | Carol Reed

The Third Man can be found on most reputable filmmaker's lists of greatest films. A twisting narrative, exceptional post-war Vienna cinematography, that unique zither film score, pitch-perfect acting, and iconic moments galore are just the tip of the iceberg when looking deeper at the pleasures of Carol Reed's classic. Film critic Sean Axmaker brings his noir-heavy expertise to our six hour excavation of 1948 Vienna to uncover deeper truths about what makes The Third Man one of the greatest films ever made.

Mad Max: Fury Road with Mita Mahato

February 18

Australia | 2015 | Total Event = 6 hours | George Miller

Not even The Road Warrior could prepare audiences for the total art work of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. Furiously riveting action, kinetic editing, and jaw-dropping cinematography all live to serve an exciting narrative that turns audience expectations from it's titular character toward the badass Furiosa and a surprisingly nuanced feminist focus. Film scholar Mita Mahato joins the exaltation of last year's mega hit as we dig under the sound and fury to find the masterful craft beneath the surface.

Vertigo with Robert Cumbow

March 26

USA | 1958 | Total Event = 6 hours | Alfred Hitchcock

Easily one of Hitchcock's most intriguingly crafted films, Vertigo displays the master director in peak form. Filled with memorable and iconic moments including the dolly zoom effect or the kiss in which the camera and music spin into a miraculously orgasmic sequence, deeper exploration into Vertigo supports Hitchcock's technical mastery as he weaves a narrative and stylistic web that intentionally traps the viewers right where he wants them. Film professor Robert Cumbow returns to lead our six-hour appreciation of the craft that made Hitch the Master of (more than just) Suspense.

Sunset Boulevard with Georg Koszulinski

April 29

USA | 1950 | Total Event = 6 hours | Billy Wilder

Gloria Swanson's immortal performance is just one of the reasons that Billy Wilder's 1950 portrait of a delusional faded film actress is one of the greatest films ever made. From the film's opening scene (which was not originally planned) through her final descent down the stairs, Wilder's script and direction are just the beginning of a cinematic masterclass in the crafts of filmmaking.  Spend the afternoon with facilitator Georg Koszulinski savoring the variety of ways that Sunset Boulevard is an inimitable classic.