Review Comment

American Film: 1960-1990

May 12, 2010

Sarris, Andrew
American Film: 1960-1990

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

The class itself has the same structure each week...
1.) Watch a movie
2.) Break (50% of the class leaves... the not so smart ones)
3.) Attendance sheet gets passed around
4.) (50% of those who remained in class through break leave... the smarter ones)
5.) Sarris takes 45 minutes to read a 2 paragraph article, and he uses a magnifying glass to read them. I swear.

Sarris, as other reviewers have succinctly (and accurately, of course) put it, is older than sex. His "teaching" is extremely limited, and is confined to reading reviews (by him, and others) and limited discussion by a few people who want to impress a guy who can't hear a single thing they say.

Anyway, I think the film list stays pretty consistent from year to year, and there are a ton of great ones on the syllabus. Aside from "classics" like Psycho, The Graduate, and The Godfather, there are some off-beat movies as well. Some that I liked (Petulia, Bunny Lake is Missing) and some (or, I guess, one) I didn't (Nashville) were more fun to watch than the classics sometimes because of their relatively anonymous actors and obscurity. Gotta love the Grateful Dead in Petulia, man!

The grading is based on attendance and 2 papers (midterm+final), and your grade will be completely based on your TA and your relationship w/ him/her. My TA was a ridiculous stickler when grading (at least compared to the others), so I was rightfully dissapointed when I was receiving full grades lower than friends whos papers were not nearly as thorough or well-written as mine... OH WELL. As for the attendance part, there is required recitation, and as I said, there's the attendance list that goes around too.

Workload:

1 Midterm Essay (5-7 pgs) (30%) .... 1 Final Essay (10-12 pgs) (40%) .... Class Participation/Attendance (via recitation) (30%)

May 31, 2003

Sarris, Andrew
American Film: 1960-1990

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This class was exactly what I wanted. The movies were (for the most part) classics, the assignments were few, and Sarris was hilarious (in an old man sort of way). You don't learn too much but do get to see film classics (Chinatown, Godfather, Kramer v. Kramer, etc). Sarris is very old and a bit nuts. The 2 TAs in the class did all of the grading, led discussion sections, and even put on and took off Sarris's microphone; yet during the last class he looked at them and asked if they were the TAs for the course and if they could write down their names and phone numbers for him. Classic. He will scream and act like a crazy old man...and it's fun to watch.

Workload:

2 papers. 5-7 pages and 7-10 pages. That's it.

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