Film Discussion: The Godfather (Coppola, 1972),

Assessing a Classic Fifty Years Later

Wednesday, November 9 • 6:30pm-8:00pm • OnlineCourse 11487 • $25

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One of Hollywood’s most iconic films, The Godfather was released in 1972 during the Vietnam War. Explore its cinematic and narrative construction, political and familial themes, mediations on power and corruption, and finally, its relevance in 2022. Why does this “gangster” film continue to resonate with the American imagination? How do we evaluate its problematic stereotyping of the Italian community and violence? The film must be viewed in advance of class discussion; it is widely available to purchase/rent online or borrow at public libraries.

KATE HEARST is a cultural and film historian. Since 2011, Hearst has been teaching film as well as gender, race, and sexuality studies at various New York-based colleges, including Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, and Brooklyn College. She has appeared on CNN’s “History of the Movies,” writes regularly for Film International, and advises the web-based series Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP). She earned both a PhD in American history and an MFA in film from Columbia University.

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