Starting on Monday, November 12, TV host and one-time Reader contributor (and, full disclosure, my best friend) Ignatiy Vishnevetsky will teach a class on writer-director Alan Rudolph at Facets Multimedia. As Vishnevetsky notes in his course description, Rudolph has all but dropped off the radar since he quit making movies about ten years ago. This class should be a good reminder of why he still matters—or, for those who are unfamiliar with him, a wonderful introduction to his work. Rudolph’s films convey first and foremost a love of that alternate reality known as “the movies.” His characters behave with the passion, flair, and impulsiveness of film noir gangsters or MGM musical heroines; and his romantic camerawork makes any environment seem like an expressionist movie set. Yet there’s a bittersweet undercurrent to Rudolph’s work, evoking the personal and romantic disappointments that many people go to the movies to escape.