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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Tootsie with Warren Etheredge

USA | 1982 | 116 minutes

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.

April 18
SIFF Film Center