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Robin Bates Film Course
Spring 2014

It's All in the Mind

In recent years, "puzzle films" (also known as "mind busting films" or "mind teasers") have become increasingly popular. Although puzzle films go all the way back to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) and include some of the world's masterpieces (for example, Kurosawa's Rashomon), it is only in recent years that mainstream Hollywood has started making such films, a number of which have won Oscars. One of the great pleasures of watching such movies in a class is that one can talk about them afterwards.

The films will be shown at 7:00 pm in Cole Cinema at the Campus Center.  Dr. Robin Bates, Professor of English, will introduce each film and lead a discussion afterwards.  The cost of the course is $10.

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January 28

A Beautiful Mind (Ron Howard, 2001, 135 min.) – This biopic about the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash won Oscars for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, and best supporting actress.

February 25

The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (Michael Gondry, 2004, 108 min.) – This unusual romance starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet won the Oscar for best original screenplay.

April 1

Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010, 128 min.) – There are websites devoted to untangling this highly entertaining thriller, which won the Oscar for best original screenplay.

April 29

The class will decide collectively upon the final film.
Possibilities include:

Click here for a listing of films featured in previous editions of the Film Course