Behind the Lens Seminars – Spring 2017

Behind the Lens Spring 2017

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.

The seminar is offered to the community in collaboration with the University of Oregon Cinema Studies and Academic Extension programs. Films are shown Tuesday nights starting at 7:00 p.m. at the UO Baker Downtown Center, at 10th Avenue and High Street. The duration of each session varies by the length of the film.

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.

Spring 2017

Under the Code: The Golden Age of Hollywood Begins

When the Production Code was enforced in mid-1934, the movies changed. This spring, Behind the Lens will offer a series of films from the year of the Code’s implementation.

APR. 4
It Happened One Night (1934)
Director: Frank Capra, 105 min.

APR. 11
The Thin Man (1934)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke, 91 min.

APR. 18
Little Miss Marker (1934)
Director: Alexander Hall, 80 min.

APR. 25
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
Director: Sidney Franklin, 109 min.

The Gay Divorcee (1935)
Director: Mark Sandwich, 105 min.

Becky Sharp (1935)
Director: Rouben Mammalian, 84 min.

MAY 16
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Director: Leo McCarey, 90 min.

MAY 23
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Director: Frank Lloyd, 132 min.

MAY 30
Come and Get It (1936)
Directors: Howard Hawks and William Wyler, 99 min.

JUN. 6
My Man Godfrey (1936)
Director: Gregory La Cava, 93 min.

JUN. 13
San Francisco (1936)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke, 115 min.


Tuesdays, 7:00–9:30 p.m., April 4–June 13
UO Baker Downtown Center, 325 E. 10th, Eugene, OR

Free parking during Behind the Lens screenings is available behind
the building in the lot marked “Academic Extension Student Parking.”

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.

$20 noncredit for entire term (see prorated dates below)
$10 for current Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members for entire term


Through May 2 (week 5), the registration fee is $20.
On May 9, half season registration rate is $10.

For more information

Please read at the Behind the Lens Spring 2017 Flyer or visit the Behind the Lens website.


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

Maximum seating: 94. Some sessions fill. Seating is first-come, first-served.