All Aboard: The Tracks of Cinema - Hybrid Class

November 9, 2021


Venture along the tracks of cinema history, from the very first Lumiere Bros. film to modern train-based stories, and their evolving symbolism with instructor Aniello De Angelis.

This class will be presented in person at the SIFF Film Center and livestreamed via Zoom. Register below for either in-person attendance or for virtual access.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
7:00–9:00pm PT
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 SIFF Member
SIFF Film Center Classroom (live) and livestreamed via Zoom Webinar. Zoom meeting details will be emailed to virtual ticket purchasers one hour before the scheduled event.


The train signaled the arrival of cinema and has since been used in numerous films to explore various themes and issues. We will venture along the tracks from the early days of Hitchcock to a brief layover in the 1960s, only to barrel forward to the present day posing questions such as—What does the train signify? How has it evolved over time? And what can we learn from it? Concerning films such as The Lady Vanishes, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Snowpiercer, and The Darjeeling Limited, we'll examine the ways in which the train has consistently helped redefine film and usher in new eras and styles. What better way to tackle the history of cinema, than to trace it along the tracks?


All are welcome! Registrants are not required to view any films in advance of the class. There may be clips from films presented during the classtime. 


Aniello De Angelis is a graduate of Seattle University's film program who is now in the process of obtaining their MFA in film. Before the pandemic, they spent time in New York City programming and working for Tribeca Film Festival's Immersive VR program, as well as fundraising to produce two feature films over 2018-2019. Recently, Aniello has slightly pivoted from film towards critical theory regarding professional wrestling as they find it to be the basis of all film and performative language.