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Cinema of Addiction | In-Person

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Course Description:

Beginning with films of the silent era, American cinema has portrayed the use and abuse of psychoactive substances, often with a verisimilitude that captures the pathos of the lives of the addicted. In this course, we will view and discuss four such films, each of which provides a representation of a particular domain of addition: "The Panic in Needle Park" (1971), "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995), "Half Nelson" (2006), and "Amy" (2015).


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 *2:00 – 5:00pm* (4 sessions)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. To keep everyone safe, seats are limited.


William Brigham, MSW, MA, has been writing about and teaching film for over 40 years. He is the author of "Historical Dictionary of Woody Allen" (2019,) as well as essays on various sociological themes in cinema. He served as Administrator of the National Football League's Substance Abuse Program for over 25 years.