I like movies that are audacious, stylish, intense, artificial, influential, and uncanny, and I believe that movies are a form of thinking, a type of philosophy. Join me for a look at absurdly famous movies where fantasy, dreams, sexuality, identity and performance bleed in eerie ways as we look at movies by Stanley Kubrick, Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Orson Welles, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Fellini, Dario Argento, Andrei Tarkovsky and others including various Film Noir.
We will take two, 2-hour sessions per film and if you don’t know the film at all come anyway — trust me when I say you can walk in ice-cold and follow everything.
This class is gonna give you four things.
First, you get to watch Mulholland Drive which is basically the best movie of all time. Literally. Fancy-pants people have put it on cinema classic lists, and sometimes it is at the very top.
Second, you know that T-Shirt that says “I get the Muppets on a much deeper level than you?” Well that's gonna be you with this movie. Some people think it's a druggy movie that is not supposed to make sense but I’m going to show you that it is actually a very well built little machine, with a great story, that functions perfectly sensibly once you get past the, you know, insanity.
Third, you will leave with a total understanding of this word “Lynchian” that people throw around when they are talking about art or music or TV or whatever. Like a lot of very smart people – Beckett for example, or Kafka -- Lynch works his shit out by doing variations on a theme over and over. So once you really get one movie in your pocket, all his other movies make a lot more sense. Not 100%. But mostly.
Fourth, we are going to talk about Hollywood, because it turns out that is David Lynch’s real subject. You know the Allegory of the Cave, from Plato, where he compares life to a cave where people sit in the dark and watch the shadows that are cast from a fire behind them, and they mistake the shadows for the real things? Well, that's a fucking movie theater, that’s the temple where we all go to worship, that's where our dreams are manufactured, and David Lynch has a few things to say on that subject.
Join me for two, 2-hour classes, where we will watch a chunk of the movie, pausing occasionally to look at details, and discuss the chunk we just watched, till it's all over. If you have not seen Mulholland Drive before, see it for the first time here, as I will be enforcing spoilers.
This Olio meets on Mar 10 and Mar 17.
Teacher: Geoff Klock
Geoff Klock has a doctorate from Oxford and is a professor at BMCC-CUNY. He teaches philosophy (mostly the philosophy of art), Shakespeare, canonical poetry in English, parables, and film (mostly movies about movies, and David Lynch). He is the author of four academic books on things like television shows and superheroes and has been cited 290 times.
Hosted at a member's living room in Crown Heights. Address will be sent upon RSVP.