December 31, 1999

Sarris, Andrew
International Film 1930-1960

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

Sarris is well-known in his field of film criticism, making his classes popular among the film crowd. Unfortunately, he doesn't really teach. He shows films that he really enjoys, so the syllabus varies, depending on what he wants to watch. It is a fun class to take for the great films, one watches Hitchcock, Rosselini, Bergman, Mizoguchi. If you can take it pass/fail, please do. The grade depends entirely on two papers and your TA's impression of you during the mandatory weekly discussion section. Sarris is entertaining to listen to, as he likes to tell anecdotes, and often uses the extra time after the film to review with his audience the recent films he's seen. He likes objections from the audience, and especially likes to try to tear them apart.


He assigns no work, so the workload of the class depends on the TA, who may or may not assign readings and other homework.