UO Academic Extension

Behind the Lens film seminar

Enjoy a relaxed approach to exploring the history of cinema.

Behind the Lens

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.

Summer 2017: Songs of Innocence

For the Summer 2017 offering of Behind the Lens, we will present a series of films featuring children. These are not stories for children, but, rather, stories about children. Some of the world’s great filmmakers are represented in stories exploring the experiences of children who face challenges, both within their own families as well as in the outside world.


27 The Black Stallion (1979) Director: Carroll Ballar, 117 min.


11 Zero for Conduct (1933) Director: Jean Vigo, 43 min.

11 The Red Head (1932) Director: Julien Duvivier, 92 min.

18 The River (1951) Director: Jean Renoir, 99 min.

25 Ivan’s Childhood (1962) Director: Andrei Tarkovsky, 95 min.


1 The Lord of the Flies (1963) Director: Peter Brook, 92 min.

8 Cria Cuervos (1976 ) Director: Carlos Saura, 109 min.

15 Fanny and Alexander (1982) Director: Ingmar Bergman, 183 min.

22 My Life as a Dog (1985) Director: Lasse Hallstrom, 101 min.

29 Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) Director: Steven Zaillian, 109 min.


5 A Little Princess (1995) Director: Alfonso Cuarón, 97 min.

12 Whale Rider (2002) Director: Niki Caro, 101 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.

Cancellation Policy

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.