Course Description

IN PERSON: Explore the contributions of pioneering film directors Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino and Lina Wertmuller in this course that delves into the historical context of female directors working in the male-dominated film industry. With a particular focus on Arzner, whose work remains relatively unknown, we will analyze the distinctive attributes of films created by women compared to those created by men. Investigating these differences is crucial to understanding the evolution of cinematic storytelling and its contemporary relevance. The course will feature screenings of three films that provide a comprehensive examination of the unique perspectives and narrative styles brought forth by these trailblazing female directors. The three films we will watch are: “Dance, Girl, Dance” (1940), Dorothy Arzner; “Outrage” (1950), Ida Lupino; and “Seven Beauties” (1975), Lina Wertmuller. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 40.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
Three Female Filmmakers
Classroom - In Person
11:00AM to 1:00PM
Apr 30, 2024 to Jun 04, 2024
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In class sessions 1, 3 and 5, we will screen the films. In class sessions 2, 4 and 6, we will discuss how these women managed to become directors in a male-dominated industry.

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