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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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 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.
Past Cinema Dissections
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.
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.
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.
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.