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When Scott Buchanan wrote the original Statement of the Program for St. John’s College in 1937, he envisioned a fifth year of study, after the completion of the four-year liberal arts degree, which he called “cinematics,” the study of which would combine the scientific, technological, commercial, and aesthetic aspects of the then relatively new form of media art and entertainment known as “the movies.” Although Buchanan’s vision for a “cinematics institute” at St. John’s was never realized, movies have long hovered around the edges of the New Program, provoking students and faculty alike to wonder how we might study cinema as a liberal art. This study group will explore this question through an (all-too brief and wildly incomplete) survey of the history of art of cinema, starting at its inception with George Méliès 1902 film A Trip to the Moon and continuing into the 21st century over the course of the academic year. Please join Ms. Ravilochan, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Venkatesh, and Mr. Carl for St. John’s own “trip to the movies,” which will include weekly screenings in the Great Hall on Tuesday evenings of some of the great works of cinematic art from the past 120 years, followed by lunchtime seminars on Wednesdays on the films screened the night before.  A seminar on these same films will be held on Wednesdays at 12:00 in Levan Hall 203.

 

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