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Cinema of Kelly Reichardt (Syllabus with Viewing Options Will be Provided) (p.18)

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Course Description:

Kelly Reichardt is an internationally acclaimed film director whose work reflects a unique cinematic vision of the American West, through historical and fictional tales of characters facing the challenges of life's uncertainties, while fearlessly pursuing their dreams. In this offering, we will focus on four films that represent Reichardt's wide-ranging scope of interests, while examining her oeuvre, discussing the important place she holds in the pantheon of American independent filmmaking.

Films will include: "Wendy and Lucy" (2008), "Meek's Cutoff" (2010), "Certain Women" (2016), and "First Cow" (2019). Participants are to independently view each film prior to the Zoom session.

*Syllabus with viewing options will be provided. A few sources follow below:

Wendy and Lucy
Free with Amazon Prime Subscription | YouTube Rental $3.99

Meek's Cutoff
Free with Amazon Prime Subscription | YouTube Rental $3.99

Certain Women
Amazon Prime Rental $9.99 | YouTube Rental $9.99

First Cow
Amazon Prime Rental $4.99 | YouTube Rental $4.99


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Thursdays, Apr. 15, 22, 29; May 6 *4:00-5:00pm* (4 sessions)


We'll meet online via Zoom. Zoom is free and easy to use. OLLI will walk you through the steps. Prior to each Zoom meeting (class), you will receive an email with specific details on that meeting.


Karen Davis is Senior Film Programmer for the Mill Valley Film Festival. She is Professor Emerita at CSUMB and has taught courses in world cinema and cultural studies at Cal State Monterey Bay, UC Santa Cruz, St. Mary's College and Vassar College.