The Godfather at 50
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HF186
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online film studies course explores The Godfather through a selection of key scenes, looking at its narrative structure, its reworking of a familiar genre as part of the 'new' Hollywood's creative and commercial strategies during this period, and its reputation as a key work of both the gangster and crime film and 'new' Hollywood cinema in general. In addition, the course will consider the ways in which the film has become a cultural phenomenon.
The course will also take in the film's production and development, its memorable performances and a range of critical responses to the film. Finally, the course will look briefly at The Godfather Part II (1974 ) noting the way in which the story is developed further but, as many critics have noted, in sometimes strikingly different terms. It will also note the final instalment, The Godfather Part III (1990), as part of original film's development. No prior reading is required but you may wish to consider the following:
• Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Trilogy edited by Nick Browne (Cambridge University Press, 1999).
• The Godfather by John Lewis (BFI, 2019).
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• The Godfather and the gangster/crime film
• The Godfather and the 'new' Hollywood
• The Godfather's production and its critical and cultural reputation
• The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III
• The 'new' Hollywood and post-classical cinema.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Assess The Godfather in the context of the development of the gangster/crime film
• Assess The Godfather in the context of the 'new' Hollywood and post-classical cinema
• Describe the film's production and evaluate its critical and cultural reputation
• Evaluate the ways in which The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III develop the original film's narrative and themes
• Describe and assess the key features of the 'new' Hollywood and post-classical cinema.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for all levels and you do not require any particular skills - just an enthusiasm for film and discussing film. The course will provide an introduction to the subject but will also be useful for those wishing to build on existing knowledge in the subject area.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A screening of The Godfather and extracts from The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III, talks by the tutor, reading materials, small and large group discussions. It might also be a good idea to see what you can find out about the subject in advance of the class (see the reading and films mentioned above) but this is not essential.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will require a pen and paper (or laptop/device) but the tutor will provide all other materials such as handouts, digital materials, etc. The tutor will show extracts from films and you do not have to obtain them.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other Film Studies courses at www.citylit.ac.uk/History, Culture and Writing/Film Studies.
Jon Wisbey teaches film at City Lit and Morley College. He was for many years a committee member and vice-chair of Chelmsford Film Club, screening contemporary and classic world cinema releases. He has an MA in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia. His teaching focuses on classical and post-classical Hollywood, European cinema, British cinema, film noir and horror cinema.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.