Jul 15, 2024  
2024 January Term Course Catalog 
2024 January Term Course Catalog
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JAN 323 - How to Live, What to Do: Ten Short Films about the Ten Commandments

Type: In-Person
Course Meeting Days & Times:  MTThF, 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM (Additional class time may be spent viewing media in lieu of home-viewing)

Instructor(s): Ebenkamp, Paul
Email: pe1@stmarys-ca.edu
Fee: $5


Course Description: 

This course is a meditation on Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Dekalog” film cycle: ten short films about the Ten Commandments. Long considered a “holy grail” of world cinema, in this class, we will have the uncommon pleasure of studying and appreciating all ten films as a class community. The many different perspectives each of us bring to the world around us every day-including but not limited to aesthetics, spirituality and religion, history, politics, identity, and difference-will form our basis for thinking through real-life ethics with compassion, humor, and curiosity.

We will learn some basics of cinematography and film theory to allow us to hone in on the films’ meanings and messages. We will watch, absorb, enjoy, and expound upon - in narrative writing and class dialogue - the modern conflicts faced by Kieslowski’s characters, with their audacious, sad, weird, drastic, diffident, hilarious, yet always plausible ways of negotiating an individualistic world still deeply informed by the laws of those ancient books, Exodus and Deuteronomy. 

Students of any and all academic and spiritual disciplines are encouraged to enroll. This is an intellectually and emotionally challenging class designed for adventurous souls. 

See this link for a Dekalog trailer: https://vimeo.com/178495846

Prerequisites & Notes

Credits: 3

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