Lights, Camera, Action: There’s a Monster in the House!

Using a time-honored device—monsters among us—this course (part of a two-semester series on this timely genre through art, literature and the moving image) considers an international film selection exploring a wide range of human emotions. 

 One of the many beautiful things about cinema is that you can take a deceptively simple setup—parent, child, house, monster!—and use the tools of the medium to define a subtly varying range of experiences and meanings. These five films span five different countries and three quarters of a century, carrying viewers through love and trauma, hope and despair, tension and release.

-THE OLD MAID (Goulding, 1939) pairs feuding Hollywood stars Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins as cousins competing for affection across decades. 

 -Grahame Greene adapted his own short story for THE FALLEN IDOL (Reed, 1948), which looks at the world of adults through the eyes of an isolated young child.

-In THE BABADOOK (Kent, 2014) a spooky children’s book and its title figure haunts a frazzled widow and her socially ostracized son.

 -EYES WITHOUT A FACE (Franju, 1960) puts a starkly textured, melancholy French spin on the “mad doctor” plot.

 -Five spirited sisters in rural Turkey face increasing restriction from their conservative relations in MUSTANG (Ergüven, 2015).

Instructor: Marc Longenecker

Five Tuesdays
March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2
7-9PM, Wasch Center Butterfield Room
Marc Longenecker
MARC LONGENECKER is a Film Studies instructor as well as the programming and technical director of Wesleyan University's College of Film & the Moving Image. He teaches classes on Martin Scorsese, Elia Kazan, and Television Aesthetics, among other topics and guest lectures. He advises the student programming committee for the Wesleyan Film Series, and he hosts the annual Summer Film Series held at Wesleyan.