University of Oregon Academic Extension presents the Behind the Lens seminar, in partnership with UO Cinema Studies. Behind the Lens is a noncredit film seminar that takes a relaxed approach to exploring the history of cinema. Each quarter, former Hollywood director Tom Blank hosts a series examining a time period or a theme through classic and contemporary cinema. All film screenings include a lecture, discussion, and question and answer period. Films are shown Tuesday nights starting at 7:00 p.m. at the UO Baker Downtown Center, at 10th Avenue and High Street.
BEHIND THE LENS begins its seventh year as a University of Oregon program by examining the films of the pre-Code era, a time when Hollywood studios used a transgressive cultural approach to attract audiences. Films featured taboo social subjects, often flouting local censorship laws and the nascent Motion Picture Production Code. The enforcement of the Code began in earnest in 1934, subjecting films to much stricter “morality” guidelines and censorship. But for a brief window of time, studio films featured both titillating plotlines and the exciting new technology of sync sound. Join us as we explore 11 of the controversial films made in this era.
UO Cinema Studies majors attend for free with valid student ID. Cinema Studies majors must register onsite or by coming to the UO Academic Extension office at 975 High Street, M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- SEPT. 27 Little Caesar (1930) director: Melvyn LeRoy, 78 min. (also: The Devil’s Cabaret, 15 min.)
- OCT. 4 Morocco (1930) director: Josef Von Sternberg, 92 min.
- OCT. 11 The Public Enemy (1931) director: William Wellman, 83 min.
- OCT. 18 Trouble in Paradise (1932) director: Ernst Lubitsch, 82 min.
- OCT. 25 Red Headed Woman (1932) director: Jack Conway, 79 min.
- NOV. 1 Love Me Tonight (1932) director: Reuben Mamoulian, 99 min.
Tuesdays, 7:00–9:30 p.m., September 27–December 6
UO Baker Downtown Center, 325 E. 10th, Eugene, OR
PARKING: Free parking during Behind the Lens screenings is available behind the building in the lot marked “Academic Extension Student Parking.”
REGISTRATION: To register by phone, please call the Registration Office at 541-346-4231. To register in person, visit the UO Academic Extension front desk at the Baker Downtown Center, 975 High Street, Suite 110, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Registration is also available on-site 30 minutes in advance of each program. UO Cinema Studies majors attend for free with valid student ID. Cinema Studies majors must register onsite or by coming to the UO Academic Extension office at 975 High Street, M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- $20 noncredit for entire term (see prorated dates below)
- $10 for current Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members for entire term
ONLINE REGISTRATION: UO Academic Extension
PRORATED REGISTRATION FEES:
- Through October 25 (week 5), the registration fee is $20.
- On November 1, half season registration rate is $10.
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University of Oregon Academic Extension presents the Behind the Lens seminar, in partnership with UO Cinema Studies. The Cinema Studies major at the University of Oregon allows students to study moving image media at the intersection of intellectual study and creative practice. As a comprehensive bachelor of arts degree, the major cultivates an appreciation of the media arts, an ability to communicate ideas using a broad array of media, and a historical understanding of how various cultures tell their stories. Academic Extension provides leadership for the incubation and delivery of special learning opportunities, including professional development workshops, conferences, lifelong learning, online courses, and summer session programs.
Each Behind the Lens seminar is preceded by a brief lecture by Tom Blank, and followed by discussion/Q&A. Films are screened under the Educational Fair Use provision of US Copyright law.
Registration fees for this noncredit seminar support program costs, including staffing and facilities maintenance.
For information about membership in Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, please visit osher.uoregon.edu
Maximum seating: 94. Some sessions fill. Seating is first-come, first-served.