Out-of-the-Ordinary Films about War

Instructor:  Paul Sheridan

  • Zoom Class
  • 4 sessions, 1:00pm to 2:30pm on Mondays, Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 15
  • Limit 25
  • $15

War has been a subject for films since D.W Griffith’s Birth of a Nation. We remember: Gone with the Wind, The Best Years of Our Lives, or Bridge on the River Kwai.

This course will be somewhat different: films less well-known, ones about the beginnings, the endings, the other effects of war. Films from countries we seldom hear about, wars we may have forgotten.

The course is designed to have appeal to all in Senior College, and will look at effects upon men, women, and civilians during the periods before, during, and after wars, and will include a mix of fiction, history, and documentary styles. We will even have some comedies.

Using a combination of short clips, trailers, class “room” conversation and a short, each class will be different enough to provide you with a list of leads of what you want to seek out and watch on your own. Specific films will be guided by the students’ interest. Some past films that have been shown include: Transit (2018) and The Water Diviner (2014).

Lists of films and links will be e-mailed before each class.

4 sessions, 1:00pm to 2:30pm on Mondays, Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 15

Paul Sheridan has a B.A. in art and an M.F.A. in photography, and in the many years he managed a large teaching photo lab for the City University of New York, he also found time to take in the film fare offered by various museums, film societies, foundations, and movie houses. He continues that practice using the local library system. He has been making photographs for more than forty years and has taught several well-received courses, notably on photography history, driver safety, and films at Senior College.