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Films in the Shadows

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Course Description:

Most popular films guarantee that viewers and characters are "in the know"--nothing is kept from either, everyone eventually knows where the story is headed. But some filmmakers want their audience and their characters to puzzle out the story together: memories are clouded by amnesia, time is distorted, chance determines life's outcomes, or multiple meanings fool us and the characters. These films are more textured, nuanced, and sometimes wonderfully challenging and fun.

This course features four films that follow the circuitous, confusing and inventive paths filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Krzysztof Kieslowski and others have laid out for us.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Mondays, Sept. 18; Oct. 16; Nov. 6; Dec. 4 *2:30 – 5:30pm* (4 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch


William Brigham, M.S.W., M.A., has published numerous essays on contemporary cinema. He has taught film studies courses at the university level for more than 25 years.