Online Orson Welles course: The Other Side of The Shadow

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SHADOW: A NEW LOOK AT ORSON WELLES

A 12-WEEK ONLINE COURSE (November 23, 2020-February 22, 2021)

PRESENTED BY MATTHEW ASPREY GEAR

This original 12-week online course, to be delivered via the Google Meet platform, is designed for serious Orson Welles fans as well as newcomers. We’re going to have a lot of fun as we dive deeply into the work of one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmakers.

My lectures will cover the obvious Welles classics — Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil, and Chimes at Midnight — but I’m also excited about the prospect of exploring some of the lesser-known films, TV programs, and unproduced scripts, including many works that have appeared posthumously (and some that have yet to be published). I’m also eager to share the discoveries I’ve made in the Orson Welles archives in Turin, Munich, Michigan, and Indiana.

Each week I’ll give an original fifty-minute multimedia lecture on a set film and topic and then lead an in-depth group discussion. All students will have a chance to contribute. The only weekly homework will be to watch a film (or two) in preparation for the session. Many of the films are easily available on YouTube. There will be no final exam or essay. This course is designed purely for enjoyment and stimulation.

I will be running two identical sessions each week to accommodate different international time zones. Choose whichever you prefer. Each group will be limited to a maximum of 12 students.

American session: Sundays 3pm PST/6pm EST; European session: Mondays 7:30pm GMT/8:30pm CET.

(NB. The lecture portion of the session will be recorded and available for download if you are unable to attend a live session and need to catch up.)

Price per student: US$120. Please email me at twelvemilereef@yahoo.com to book your place in the course.

Details of the lecture plan are available at Wellesnet: Film author to lead online course on Orson Welles