On a warm Friday afternoon, there is nothing a college students wants to do more then curl up to a good movie.
Thank god for History of International Film, Fridays 2-4:30 PM. It was hands down the BEST class I took at LMU, for all of the reasons why a class is great.
1. Amazing Professor. Richard Hadley, PhD, Associate Professor in the SFTV, is a great teacher all around. Extremely knowledgeable, witty, entertaining and easy to listen to in lecture. He asks great questions and really knows how to engage the students into conversation. His specialty is in classic American comedy ala Billy Wilder, but his offhand knowledge of German and French cinema, along with his appreciation for Asian, African, and all around the world will rub off in ways that you can’t shake off.
2. Great content and subject matter with the amazing films. From Metropolis to Le Mepris, we covered all the classics, and got a hefty Netflix list along the way as well. My most memorable films where Le Mepris, 1!,2!,3!, and All the Invisible Children. I was exposed to so much over such a short time span, my interest in foreign cinema quadrupled and for a solid 4 month time period, I turned my nose to anything that didn’t have subtitles.
3. Great classroom setting. Or lack thereof…The class was hosted in the Film Department’s theater, so we watched the movies on a large screen, sitting in big comfy chairs, in the cool air conditioning. Somedays I bought a blanket, and someday I wore my pajamas. It was an insanely relaxing way to spend your time learning, sometimes too relaxing…and that’s OK, because you could nap during the film, take your lecture notes, and then rent the movie later when you were more rested.
4. Perfectly fair amount of homework, tests and papers. Minimal homework (light reading), two tests and two papers. Nothing overwhelming, nothing you can’t keep up with, nothing you can’t catch up with.
Those things make a great class for me. But the fact is, that I haven’t gone a day without thinking of one or more of the films I watched in that class. I was able to use them as case studies in other classes as well, which is always a HUGE plus for me.
This class counted as my Critical Arts credit for my Core. I am really glad I took it and wish I would have taken more film classes.
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