During this course we will look at the world from which he emerged and how he developed his craft. We will explore the inspirations that lead to his creations, and how his work shaped cinema as we know it today. Most of all, we will experience the qualities of his work that continue to draw filmmakers and cinephiles alike into his world.
Five Thursdays: September 12 - October 10, 2019
7:00PM - 9:00PM
SIFF Film Center
$65 | $60 SIFF Members (price includes all five classes)
SIFF Cinema passes, vouchers, and other discounts not accepted.
September 12 - Beginnings
Film: Rashomon (1951)
September 19 - The Warriors
Film: Seven Samurai (1954)
September 26 - Inspirations
Films: Throne of Blood (1957) and The Hidden Fortress (1958)
October 3 - The Man with No Name
Films: Yojimbo (1961) and Sanjuro (1962)
Week 5 - The Master
Films: Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985)
A familiarity with these eight films will provide the best outcomes for students in this course, preferably a recent rewatching of them a few weeks in advance. There are no required readings but suggested readings may be emailed in advance of specific classes and a website will be created to help connect students to supporting materials.
About the Instructor:
John Trafton is a Lecturer in Film Studies at Seattle University and the author of The American Civil War and The Hollywood War Film.