Radical Films 2: 15 More Movies That Changed the World

Dive into socially relevant filmmaking from the past 100 years with a survey of 15 largely underseen and underappreciated films.

January 9 - February 6, 2019

You've probably never seen these films, but they changed the world. You've seen Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Star Wars, and Psycho-films that changed the way that movies are made. This is not that kind of class. In this class, we will look at films that have been marginalized or rendered invisible by the "official" film history but which nevertheless shook the world. 


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

SIFF Film Center

5 Session Class 7:00 PM

In this class, you will be introduced to Asian Cinema's first mega star: the actress Ruan Lingyu. We will visit with ghosts in Kent MacKenzie's The Exiles - a film about Native Americans living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles, who were soon displaced and erased from history. We will explore the radical films of the 1960s - films that inspired Paul Thomas Anderson, films that challenged colonial legacies, and films that poked oppressive regimes right in the eye. We will look at one of the most haunting World War II films ever made, as well as films that explore issues of race and identity. Lastly, we will consider the influence of recent social justice oriented films, including Barry Jenkins' Moonlight.  

Class Specifics:
Five Wednesdays: January 9 - February 6, 2019
7:00PM - 9:00PM
SIFF Film Center
$60 | $50 SIFF Members (price includes all five classes)

Class Syllabus:
January 9: Greed (USA 1924, d: Erich Von Stroheim), The Wild Party (USA 1929, d: Dorothy Arzner), The Goddess (China 1934, d: Wu Yonggang)

January 16: Rome, Open City (Italy 1945, d: Roberto Rossellini), Cairo Station (Egypt 1958, d: Youssef Chahine), The Exiles (USA 1961, d: Kent MacKenzie)

January 23
: I Am Cuba (Cuba 1964, d: Mikhail Kalatozov), Black Girl (Senegal 1966, d: Ousmane Sembene), Daisies (Czechoslovakia 1966, d: Vera Chytilova)

January 30
: White Dog (USA 1982, d: Samuel Fuller), Come and See (Soviet Union 1985, d: Elem Klimov), Do The Right Thing (USA 1989, d: Spike Lee)

February 6
: Beau Travail (France 1999, d: Claire Denis), I, Daniel Blake (United Kingdom 2016, d: Ken Loach), Moonlight (USA 2016, d: Barry Jenkins)

Class Workload:
A familiarity with these films will provide the best outcomes for students in this course but there is no expectation of viewing them in advance of class. 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 film historian and writer from the Seattle area. He is the author of several works on cinema history, including the book "The American Civil War and the Hollywood War Film." His work focuses on how history is portrayed on film, war and cinema, the Horror genre, and pre-cinema spectacle art. He has a PhD in Film Studies from the University of St. Andrews, and has taught cinema on both sides of the Atlantic for over six years. He is currently a Lecturer in Film Studies at Seattle University.