Behind the Lens is a noncredit film seminar that takes a relaxed approach to exploring the history of cinema. Each quarter, former Hollywood director Tom Blank hosts a series examining a time period or a theme through classic and contemporary cinema.
All film screenings include a lecture, discussion, and question and answer period.
The seminar is offered to the community in collaboration with the University of Oregon Cinema Studies and Academic Extension programs. Films are shown Tuesday nights starting at 7:00 p.m. at the UO Baker Downtown Center, at 10th Avenue and High Street. The duration of each session varies by the length of the film.
As we saw in the fall, Hollywood studios in the pre-Code era challenged the state censor boards by releasing films that strained the limits of American acceptance of sex and violence. The success of horror films, musicals, adventures, and stories of social justice also proved controversial and produced equally impressive box office returns. Join us as we explore 11 more films from pre-Code Hollywood.
Madam Satan (1930) Dir.: Cecil B. DeMille, 115 min.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Dir.: Lewis Milestone, 130 min.
Night Nurse (1931) Dir.: William Wellman, 72 min.
Island of Lost Souls (1932) Dir.: Eric C. Kenton, 70 min.
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1933) Dir.: Mervyn LeRoy, 92 min.
Chandu The Magician (1932) Dir.: Marcel Varnel and William Cameron Menzies, 71 min.
Baby Face (1933) Dir.: Alfred E. Green, 76 min.
Gabriel Over the White House (1933) Dir.: Gregory La Cava, 86 min.
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) Dir.: Mervyn LeRoy, 98 min.
Imitation of Life (1934) Dir.: John M. Stahl, 111 min.
Twentieth Century (1934) Dir.: Howard Hawks, 91 min.
Films are screened under the Educational Fair Use provision of US Copyright law.
Free parking on site.
NOTE: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members receive a discount. If you are not a current member and are interested in becoming a member to receive this rate, please visit the website or call 541-346-0697.
In the event you decide not to take the Behind the Lens course after you have registered, you must notify the Academic Extension registration office at least three business days before the course begins in order to receive a full refund or to credit your payment toward another course.