UO Academic Extension

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.

Spring 2017

Under the Code: The Golden Age of Hollywood Begins

When the Production Code was enforced in mid-1934, the movies changed. This spring, Behind the Lens will offer a series of films from the year of the Code’s implementation.

April 4
It Happened One Night (1934) Director: Frank Capra, 105 min.

April 11
The Thin Man (1934) Director: W.S. Van Dyke, 91 min.

April 18
Little Miss Marker (1934) Director: Alexander Hall, 80 min.

April 25
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) Director: Sidney Franklin, 109 min.

May 2
The Gay Divorcee (1935) Director: Mark Sandwich, 105 min.

May 9
Becky Sharp (1935) Director: Rouben Mammalian, 84 min.

May 16
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) Director: Leo McCarey, 90 min.

May 23
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Director: Frank Lloyd, 132 min.

May 30
Come and Get It (1936) Directors: Howard Hawks and William Wyler, 99 min.

June 6
My Man Godfrey (1936) Director: Gregory La Cava, 93 min.

June 13
San Francisco (1936) Director: W.S. Van Dyke, 115 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.