Jonathan Shaloum MS, St. Joseph’s University, cinema studies adjunct instructor
Calling all movie buffs! Join Jonathan as he continues an intriguing look at three classic American film genres.
The gangster film genre, a captivating and enduring cinematic tradition, takes center stage in this lecture as we delve into its multifaceted history and cultural impact. From the gritty underworld of prohibition-era mobsters to the modern-day antiheroes navigating the complexities of crime and power, we'll explore how these films have mirrored societal anxieties, moral ambiguities, and the American Dream itself. Join us for an insightful journey through iconic classics and contemporary interpretations as we dissect the allure of this genre's anti-establishment figures, intricate plots, and the indelible mark they have left on the world of cinema and popular culture.
Prepare to embark on a cosmic voyage in this enlightening lecture on the captivating genre of science fiction. From futuristic utopias to dystopian landscapes, this genre has dared to envision the limitless possibilities of human innovation and the boundless expanses of the universe. We'll examine the origins of science fiction and the thought-provoking concepts it has explored. Join us as we delve into alien worlds, time travel, advanced technology, and the philosophical questions that have shaped this genre, illuminating our own aspirations, fears, and our ever-evolving understanding of the universe. Science fiction, as a mirror to our own imagination and scientific progress, is a genre that invites us to explore the far reaches of human potential and the mysteries of the cosmos.
In this lecture, we immerse ourselves in the enigmatic world of film noir, a genre characterized by its shadowy visuals, morally ambiguous characters, and a palpable sense of doom. From the dimly lit streets of post-war America to the twisted psyches of its protagonists, we'll unravel the origins, key themes, and enduring influence of film noir. Through a captivating journey of femme fatales, hard-boiled detectives, and atmospheric cinematography, we'll explore how this genre has not only redefined storytelling in cinema but has also provided a lens into the anxieties and complexities of the human condition. Join us as we navigate the intricate alleys of this cinematic realm and decipher the enduring allure of film noir.