HOW TO WATCH FILM CRITICALLY
Taught by Ilya Tovbis
Wednesdays, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
6 Sessions, January 13 – February 17
Registration deadline: January 8
$169 ($149 for JxJ Donors of certain levels*)
This class is only open to those who have taken the How Movies Are Made course.
Building off the skills and concepts discussed in How Movies Are Made (participation in that class is a pre-requisite), we take a deeper dive into film criticism. Combining threads of media literacy, film theory, and good old fashioned visual analysis and debate, each class will center on a cinematic masterwork, heralded for great acting, editing, visual style and/or screenplay.
Each session will begin with a brief lecture (30mins or less) that introduced a new form of critical methodology. The bulk of the class will then be given over to moderated group discussion centering on the week’s film.
Films to be discussed include: Cabaret, His Girl Friday, Goodbye First Love, The Pawnbroker, Timbuktu, Wuthering Heights (2011).**
** Additional streaming film rentals required. The film list is subject to change if streaming availability changes.
Teacher: Ilya Tovbis is the Artistic and Managing Director of JxJ, and for 8 years the Director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. He has been a guest programmer at the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) and the Virginia Film Festival (VAFF). His film reviews and industry breakdowns have been published in indieWire, Slant Magazine, and Flavorpill.