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Film School at Gorton: Visual Pleasure From Monday, February 15 - Monday, March 8

Film School at Gorton: Visual Pleasure Part of the Film School

Gorton Community Center is proud to launch a new virtual program called Film School at Gorton! Cinephiles and lifelong learners can join esteemed film scholars and critics in four-week courses on specific subjects and themes.

  • Tuition is $100, and classes are held via Zoom on four consecutive Mondays: February 15, 22, March 1, 8 at 7pm and each session is 75 minutes.
  • A Zoom link will be shared with registered students prior to the first session. Each session will be recorded and sent to registrants.
  • A household of two can register for one and both participate.
  • By registering, you register for all four sessions. Due to the class-format of this program, you cannot register after the course has started.
  • Films are watched outside of class, please see the film list and suggestions on where you can find and stream/rent below!

In 1975 Laura Mulvey published her seminal essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” wherein she examined how classical Hollywood typically framed women as objects, spectacle, and something to-be-looked-at. The first half of our class will discuss two of the films Mulvey uses as examples in her essay, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958), and we will end with watching two films by women directors. Do the latter two films push against the definition of women on screen as sources of visual pleasure? Do they frame women as complex, multi-faceted subjects? And when, if ever, does visual pleasure actually allow for inspiration, not just eroticisim?

Rear Window (1954) dir. Alfred Hitchcock – available to rent on AppleTV
Vertigo (1958) dir. Alfred Hitchcock – available to stream on TCM, to rent on AppleTV and Google Play
Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962) dir. Agnès Varda – available to stream on HBO Max
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) dir. Céline Sciamma – available to stream on Hulu

Hannah Bonner’s poetry has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, PromptPress, Schlag, So to Speak, The North Carolina Literary Review, The Pinch Journal, The Vassar Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Two Peach. Her essays have been published in Bright Wall/Dark Room, Bustle, The Little Patuxent Review, and VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts. She has published academic articles on HBO’s Girls, social media, performance art, and archives for scholarly publications such as Routledge and South Central Review, among others. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from UNC-Chapel Hill and a MA in Film Studies from the University of Iowa.

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