Through this directed learning plan you will screen, critique, and discuss films that offer narratives, or even glimmers, of peace amid the context of war. Movies like Grand Illusion (1937), The Great Dictator (1941), and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) are generally considered to be anti-war, and yet their violent and political subject matter can make such a distinction difficult. Discussion will consider the contexts the films depict, as well as those in which they were made, and will examine the concept of anti-war cinema as either a part of the war genre, or a response to it. While most of our discussion will take place online, we will meet every couple of weeks or so to discuss your findings in person, and possibly watch a film.
- Teacher: Mandy Elliott