Film at the BFI: Cary Grant, Hollywood's Leading Man

Course Dates: 06/08/19 - 24/09/19
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: OS - Off Site
John Wischmeyer

Cary Grant was the very epitome of a movie star – excelling at action, comedy and romance until his screen persona was changed forever by Hitchcock, who pushed him to a new and darker level. This eight-week evening course, led by John Wischmeyer, will explore the background, career, talent and legacy of one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men.


What is the course about?

This course, held in the BFI Studio cinema, looks at the career of film actor Cary Grant. Grant was the very essence of a film star and we explore the constituent parts that formed him.

Tutor biography
John Wischmeyer has an MA in Film Theory, set up and ran his own cinema in West London, has taught film studies at the BFI and City Lit (and the former Gainsborough studio) since 1999 (Hitchcock’s centenary year) covering a wide range film topics under the banner ‘Cinema Investigates America’. John has a particular interest in and considerable knowledge on Hitchcock thrillers, American independent cinema and film noir.

What will we cover?

Cary Grant’s career: How did he transition from an acrobat in Bristol to a leading Hollywood actor appearing in the greatest comedies of the 30s and 40s?
Different film genres: How did Cary Grant develop during a long career through various genres (comedy, suspense, action)?
Different directors: How did different directors enable Cary Grant to experiment and develop his talent, encouraging him to go outside his comfort zone to become one of Hollywood’s definitive leading actors.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Understand Cary Grant’s star persona from his real self
-Recognise and be able to identify the key film genres Grant acted in
-Understand how his career progressed and the influences on his success, particularly his work directed by Hitchcock
-Compare his career with other leading actors of the period; identify his unique style and talent.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

All levels of experience are welcome. An interest in film and Hollywood film history would be useful.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Lecture, screenings, and discussion along with weekly handouts for further reading and research.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There no other costs. Bring a pen and paper or a tablet for note-taking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please check the Film Studies section in our prospectus or on the website: under History, Culture and Writing/Film Studies.

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Tutor Biographies
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This course has now started

Course Code: HF040

Started Tue, eve, 06 Aug - 24 Sep '19

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £149.00
Concession: £66.00

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