Ira Rothstein (retired)


Full Time Faculty (Retired)

Full-time Instructor 2001 - Present; Tenured in 2005
Adjunct Instructor 1992/93, 1996/7, 2000/2001

Ira Rothstein earned his Masters degree from the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University in 1977 after completion of his Master’s thesis: BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI’S BEFORE THE REVOLUTION: A NARRATIVE ANALYSIS. As a graduate student he directed and produced a twenty-minute documentary, CAFFE TRIESTE, which was screened at the SFSU Film Finals program as well as the Intersection for the Arts and Ann Arbor Film Festivals. CAFFE TRIESTE was also broadcast on KQED television in San Francisco.

Mr. Rothstein began teaching at San Francisco State University in 1976.  He has taught a wide range of film studies and film history courses at SFSU, UC Santa Cruz, De Anza College and Diablo Valley College.  At CCSF he teaches CINE 18 (American Cinema Telecourse), CINE 20 A and B (Film History), CINE 21 (Introduction to Film Studies), CINE 22 (The Documentary Tradition), CINE 23 A: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock, and CINE 23 B: Focus on Film Noir. 

Mr. Rothstein is enthusiastic about films representing many nationalities, styles, and genres but he is especially passionate about documentary films, the national cinemas of France and Italy, and the classical Hollywood cinema.  His favorite filmmakers include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, François Truffaut, Errol Morris, and the Coen brothers.

As a film instructor, he believes that film history and film studies courses should emphasize social/historical consciousness, critical viewing, and an awareness of aesthetic/artistic possibilities.  Mr. Rothstein’s goal for his students is that they become active, informed, and engaged viewers of motion pictures.  He believes that this critical process enriches the film going experience and heightens cultural understanding.

His personal interests include urban hiking, baseball, ethnic cuisine, cats, travel and travel literature, and viewing 35 mm films projected in single-screen movie theaters.