Facets Film School has announced its winter session of weeknight film classes, which begins February 5 and runs for six weeks. I took a class on early Fassbinder there once, and it wasn’t bad—the films were projected from DVD and the lectures tended more toward open discussion, but the tuition is only $95.
On Mondays, Christy LeMaster of Chicago Cinema Forum will teach “Stranger Than Truth: The Hybrid Documentary” and screen such titles as Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein’s The Kid Stays in the Picture, Jessica Yu’s In the Realms of the Unreal, and Werner Herzog’s The Wild Blue Yonder.
On Tuesdays, Jeremy M. Davies will teach “What I Tell You Three Times Is True: The Provocative and Fantastic World of Raul Ruiz,” which includes screenings of Klimt, Life Is a Dream, and Three Crowns of the Sailor.
On Wednesdays, Bruce Scivally will teach “Saints & Sinners: Politicians in the Movies,” focusing on such features as Gergory La Cava’s Gabriel Over the White House, Preston Sturges’s The Great McGinty, Frank Capra’s State of the Union, and Michael Ritchie’s The Candidate.
And on Thursdays, Brandon Linden will teach “Arrows of Desire: The Films of Powell & Pressburger During WWII,” examining the British team’s treatment of the war in such dramas as Contraband, The 49th Parallel, A Canterbury Tale, and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.