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Films of the 1930s: A Visual Retrospective of a Turbulent Decade
Burton Atkins

COURSE DESCRIPTION: As the 1930s began, the United States and much of the world was reeling from the wrenching effects of the 1929 stock market and broader financial collapse. The shock waves from the economic calamity reverberated around the world. In the United States, voters in 1932 turned en mass to elect Franklin Roosevelt and his Democratic Party’s New Deal for a new way forward. In Germany, voters veered down a fundamentally different path by turning to Adolph Hitler’s National Socialists for a solution to their problems, a collective decision that would soon have vast and tragic world repercussions. By 1939 Europe was again engulfed in war, the largest and costliest war in human history. As these, and other events were unfolding in the 1930s, movies changed from having been largely a novelty to a powerful medium of culture and entertainment. Using this turbulent decade as a backdrop, film clips from and about the 1930s will be shown, along with music and newsreel footage, as visual texts for understanding the social, cultural and political issues that both inform and instruct us about our past. (The film selection and order of presentation are subject to change).
1. The Blue Angel (1930); “M” (1931)
2. Little Caesar (1931); The Public Enemy (1931); Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
3. City Lights (1931); Modern Times (1936)
4. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933); 42nd Street (1933); Emperor Jones (1933)
5. It Happened One Night (1934); Top Hat (1934)
6. Stagecoach (1939); Wuthering Heights (1939)
7. Gabriel Over the White House (1933); Young Mr. Lincoln (1939); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
8. Wizard of Oz (1939); Gone With the Wind (1939)
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Burton Atkins is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Florida State University (FSU). Currently he teaches political science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and also serves on the faculty at Penn State University. In his 35-year career at FSU, Dr. Atkins taught a variety of courses on, and wrote extensively about, constitutional law and U.S. politics; served as chair of the Political Science department; lived in London from 1992 to 1997 while serving as the Director of FSU’s London Study Center; and from 1997 until his retirement in 2006, served as Director of the FSU International Affairs Program. An avid supporter of international education, Dr. Atkins has organized and led study semesters abroad in London, Brussels, and Paris for FSU and FAU. He, along with Dr. Shapiro, will be a lecturer on a special LLS cruise on the Crystal Symphony (June 28 - July 8, 2015) around Britain (ending in Iceland).

Time: 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Date: Thursdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member

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