Caught in the Act: Great Performances and How to Recognize Them

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We have something previous generations only dreamed of, many decades worth of great performances by great actors and actresses, all preserved on film and fresh as the day they were minted.  Yet, with such a deluge to choose from, finding one’s way through the tangle of the past to the principal works of the principal talents can take some doing.

Film critic Mick LaSalle is your guide on an exploration of great movie acting, taking in the full range of cinema -- from the obscure to the classic, the foreign to the familiar, and the modern. Through clips and features, the course will explore the various kinds of screen acting, what lasts and what doesn’t, and the ways in which individual performers can embody a moral meaning. In each case, the course will provide a doorway to the performer’s other work. The course will contain no feature film screened in any Mick LaSalle course in the last three years.

Mick LaSalle is the author of three books: Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code HollywoodDangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of Modern Man, and The Beauty of the Rea;: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses.

Instructor: Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle Film Critic


Class Fee: $190
Dates: 6/12/19-7/24/19 (no class 7/3)
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Number of meetings: 6
Location: Chinatown/North Beach Campus
Rm: 201