*Part I is not required for Part II. You may enroll in either course separately, or in both.
Why all the current dystopian films? Where are the happy movies? Is it the times? Is it the film industry? Is it technology? Or is it us? In each class, we’ll watch movies and explore these questions.
Part I: We’ll begin with Lord of the Flies (1963), based on William Golding’s novel about young boys who survive a plane crash and evolve a society. Would we do it differently? On the Beach (1959) is set after a global nuclear war, as Australians cope with the knowledge that all life will be destroyed in the coming months. Metropolis (1927) is a futuristic classic that comments on the industrialization and alienation of society. Is it possible to mediate the rift between the working and upper classes? Brazil (1985) is a Monty Python-like comedy where bureaucracies and technical errors abound.