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Film Studies: "Fantastic Spaces in Cinema"

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Fantastic Spaces in Cinema is a film studies course, consisting of film screenings followed by discussions, which topics varying from surrealism, experimental and avant garde cinema through narrative that highlight dreams, phantasms, memories, fantasies, and non-chronological time.

The planned filmography will include Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel and That Obscure Object of Desire; Maya Deren’s Meshes of Afternoon and Ritual in Transfigured Time; Alain Robbe-Grillet’s L’Immortelle and The Man Who Lies; Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad; Raoul Ruiz’s Time Regained and Genealogies of a Crime; Michel Gondry’s Science of Sleep and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom; David Lynch’s  Inland Empire; Dario Argento’s Suspiria; Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s Santa Sangre; Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Mirror and Nostalgia; Quay Brothers’ Street of Crocodiles and The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer; Jan Svankmajer’s Little Otik and Alice; Jiri Barta’s Labyrinth of Darkness; Catharine Breillat’s The Sleeping Beauty; Chris Maker’s La Jetee and Eliane Lima’s Djinn.

Class blog:

Recommended Texts:

- Deleuze, Gilles. Cinema 1 the movement image. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1986.

- Deleuze, Gilles. Cinema 2 the time image. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1989.


  • Eliane Lima
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My son told me about the "Fantastic Spaces in Cinema" project, he watched the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind movie and enjoyed discussing about this movie which in his opinion is one of the best, for Jim Carrey this was a successful attempt, like "The Truman Show" movie. We watched a couple of Collinson twin movies the last week-end and he told me he will propose to include some of their movies in the filmography.

Fantastic Spaces in Cinema series

Class blog organized with links of PDF files, film posters, and trailers:

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Meetings at The Bay Area Public School (at the main area)
2141 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Hey I am part of the public school in los angeles. Is it cool if I watch the resnais film with you ? Where will you be watching it?

Date: Fri, 24 May 2013 17:15:15 -0700
Subject: May 28 meeting: screening


May 28 meeting: screening Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais)

Hi Alexa,
We will meet next time on May 28 to watch Last Year at Marienbad (Alain
Please, email me directly to chat about your project! I will be happy to
help you out!

yes, the class/screenings will take place tonight 7pm with Luis Bunuel's
The Exterminating Angel at 2141 Broadway. We meet every other Tuesday! Hope
see you there!


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