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FILM STUDIES CLASS • Background as Foreground: Landscape as Character in Three American Films

September 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

CT United States

With Dr. Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs, Yale College

Featured Film: Paris, Texas (1984) dir. Wim Wenders; available from NETFLIX at DVD only, rental from Amazon Prime for $3.99

Mark J. Schenker of Yale College and Florence Griswold Museum’s successful “How to Read a Film” series returns to discuss three American films from different decades of the last 50 years with respect to the role that landscape plays in our movie-viewing experience when the background moves into the foreground. The series is being offered in conjunction with the Museum’s new exhibition Fresh Fields: American Impressionist Landscapes from the Florence Griswold Museum.

Paris, Texas follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (a magnificent Harry Dean Stanton, whose face is a landscape all its own) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski).–Amazon

The lecture will take place virtually via GoTo Webinar and a link to access the event will be sent when participants register. The event is free but registration is required via our website.


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