This class will take a close look at comedy films from four decades, beginning with the advent of sound in the 1930s. Each class will feature one classic film, but any comedy from that decade is fair game for discussion. The films are “A Night at the Opera” (1935), “The Philadelphia Story” (1940), “Some Like it Hot” (1959), and “The Graduate” (1967). These films are available online for a small fee, or on DVD from your library. Viewing the films is suggested but not mandatory; we will view clips from each film during class. Also shown will be clips from “making of” documentaries. Some issues for discussion may include why some films are funny, what elements of filmmaking are at work, and how film comedy has changed over the decades.
This seminar-style course has limited enrollment to allow small group discussion.