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There are no film screenings for this course.

Free Movies Streaming Online at UF Kanopy

Ten minutes of birdsong from the English countryside

All beginnings are dangerous.--The poet has the choice of either raising feeling from one step to the next and thus eventually increasing it to a very high level--or else attempting a sudden onslaught and pulling the bell-rope with all his might from the beginning: both have their dangers: in the first case, that his audience may flee out of boredom, in the second, out of fear.

--Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human II, "Mixed Opinions and and Maxims," section 163, ed. Gary Handwerk (Stanford UP, 2013), 67.

Please read the Class Policies now.

You will need to watch all assigned films on your own. You may rent, borrow, or purchase them (as downloads or discs).

Recommended Readings

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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (Please expect minor adjustments to be made in the schedule from time to time; all changes will be announced both in class and on the class email listserv; this webpage will also be updated)

August 22: It's a Kray Kray World

Paranoia as a Mode of Cognition: Marx and Freud

Shepard Tone

Chiasmus--film about the 1970s (film as history) and film in the 70s (history of film)

History, periods, decades all "suspect." So too is film (analogue vs. digital).

Body Genres--The Family Horror Film, , Mainstreaming of Pornography, the end of the Western; the birth of the Blockbuster, Screwierball Comedy, Trash Cinema, Neonoir, and the Political Psychological Thriller

Pareidolia and apophenia

Oblique Perspective in Hans Holbein's The Ambassadors; Jacques Derrida on oblique reading in Passion: An Oblique Offering.

Slavoj Zizek, The Parallax View (does not mention the Alan Pakula film of the same title)

Political Out-of-Re-alignment Shock Absorbption

Glenn Greenwald and Tucker Carlson

Thomas Frank's Listen Liberal! and Steve Bannon's Letter to the Vatican

Rachel Maddow circa 2016-17 as Glenn Beck circa 2008-09

Burt! "The New Censorship" (1994)

The Secret--Beyond, or Behind, or Under (Hidden, even if in plain sight)--the Door. Assumption of transparency, full frontal view of the secret. Bourne films are not paranoid thrillers. They are very ego-reinforcing. You can do it! The Little Engine that Could.

Hypernormalization (dir. Adam Curtis, 2016)

Wavelength (dir. Michael Snow, 1967)

28 Days Later - End Credits (EXTENDED)

Here is your first assignment, due tomorrow, Wednesday, August 23 by 5 p.m.
Watch this film: Network (dir. Sidney Lumet, 1973)
You can rent or buy it online. UF may have a copy.

Create a word document with your last name as the title of your document. Write two discussion questions, numbered one and two and three shots with three film analysis terms on Network (dir. Sidney Lumet, 1973). Put your name at the top of the document. Email your word document (as an attachment) to me at richardaburt22@gmail.comby 5 p.m. tomorrow, August 24.

August 24:

Required Viewing:

Network (dir. Sidney Lumet, 1973) [I am Howard Beale this semester.]

Due Two discussion questions on Network, numbered one and two. Put your name at the top of the document. Email all work to me at

August 29:

Required Viewing:

Get Out (dir. Joran Peele, 2017)


The Stepford Wives (dir. Ira Levin, 1971)

The "N" Word Unbleeped, All in the Family / George Jefferson (1974 on Network TV)

Recommended Reading: Sigmund Freud, "(K)No(w)!" and other anti-paranoid (gas-lighting, but remember that delusion is essential to a psychotic's recovery!) tendencies in (psychoanalytic and philosophical) criticism (turn it around--you have it upside down--put it into reverse).

August 31:

Required Viewing: Double Feature! Two Films Are Required for class August 31, on DQ on each film, three shot analyses on each film!

The link to Deep Throat below takes you to a XXX hardcore porn website where you may watch the film for free.

1. Deep Throat (dir. Gerard Damiano, 1972) This ia a XXX HARDCORE PORN film. Not Safe for Work!!!

2. All the President's Men (dir. Alan J. Pakula, 1976)


"Where to watch All the President's Men and 9 other films about Nixon"

Why can’t narrative porn films be part of the history of film?  Why can’t sex scenes in mainstream be pornographic?  Blue is the Warmest Color is a good example.

Slavoj Žižek, The Plague of Fantasies 

Linda Williams, Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the Frenzy of the Visible—porn as musical.

Porn theater on 42nd St. in Scorcese'sTaxi Driver.

Due August 28 by 5 p.m. Two discussion questions and and three film shots on Deep Throat and All the President's Men numbered one and two, with your name at the top of the document. Email your DQs in one word document with last name as the document title to me at

September 5:

Required Viewing:

Three Days of the Condor (dir. Sydney Pollack, 1975)

Reading Reading:

Fredric Jameson, "Totality as Conspiracy," in The Geopolitical Aesthetic: Cinema and Space in the World System, pp. 9-15; 67-84.


Slavoj Zizek, The Parallax View

September 7:

Reading Reading:

Alan Badiou, The True Life

Recommended Viewing:

Hulu Channel: The Handmaid's Tale Mini-Series (2017) (apparent dystopia is actually a utopia)

September 12:

Required Viewing:

Videodrome (dir. David Cronenberg, 1983)

Reading Reading:

Fredric Jameson,"Totality as Conspiracy," in The Geopolitical Aesthetic: Cinema and Space in the World System, pp. 22-35.

September 14:

Required Viewing:

Klute (dir. Alan Pakula, 1971)

Fredric Jameson,"Totality as Conspiracy," in The Geopolitical Aesthetic: Cinema and Space in the World System, pp. 44-55.

First Paper (700 words) DUE Saturday September 17 by 11:59 p.m.

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September 19:

Required Viewing:

The Parallax View (dir. Alan Pakula, 1973)

Fredric Jameson,"Totality as Conspiracy," in The Geopolitical Aesthetic: Cinema and Space in the World System, pp. 54-66.


Slavoj Zizek, The Parallax View

Shooter (dir. Antoine Fuqua, 2007)

Snowden (2016) -Moscow Variation

September 21:

Required Viewing:

The Merchant of Four Seasons (dir. Rainer Maria Fassbinder, 1971)

September 26

Required Viewing:

Taxi Driver (dir. Martin Scorcese, 1976)

September 28:

Required Viewing:

Marathon Man (dir. John Schlesinger, 1976)

October 5:

Required Viewing:

Jaws (dir. Stephen Spielberg, 1975)

Frederic Jameson on the 70s' Blockbuster "Reification and Mass Culture"

October 7:

Required Viewing:

Gimme Shelter (dir. Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, 1970)

October 10:

Required Viewing:

Performance (dir. Nicholas Roeg, 1970)

Sigmund Freud, Psychoanalytic Notes on Daniel Schreber

October 12:

Required Viewing:

Dirty Harry (dir. Don Siegel, 1971)

Ronald Reagan tagline "Go ahead. Make my day."

October 19:

Required Viewing:

Zodiac (dir. David Fincher. 2007)

Sigmund Freud, Psychoanalytic Notes on Daniel Schreber

October 24:

Required Viewing:

North by Northwest (dir. Alfred Hitcock, 1959)

October 26:

Required Viewing:

Chinatown (dir. Roman Polanski, 1974)

October 31:

Required Viewing:

Nashville (dir. Robert Altman, 1975)

November 2:

Required Viewing:

Badlands (dir. Terrence Malick, 1973)


True Romance (dir. Tony Scott, 1993)

November 7:

Required Viewing:

Days of Heaven (dir. Terrence Malick, 1978)

November 9:

Required Viewing:

The Tenant (dir. Roman Polanski, 1976)

November 11:

Required Viewing:

A New Leaf (dir. Elaine May, 1971)

RECOMMENDED: The Lady Eve (dir. Preston Sturges, 1941)

Second Paper (500 words) DUE Sunday November 5 by 11:59 p.m. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Your assignment is to do a close reading of an assigned text. Focus on a passage or a scene and discuss it in detail. That passage or scene is your paper topic. Cite the text or film to make your points. Develop your thesis. The text or is your evidence. If you don't know what a close reading is and have never done one before, be sure to go to You may also ask me for clarification. You must also know how to write a research paper, or analytical essay. You will need a title for your paper and a thesis, an argument that you can state in one sentence. Your thesis should go at the end of your first paragraph. To make sure we share the same understanding of the assigned paper, please read before you begin writing. You may figure out your title before you write your paper, but usually, you only figure out your title after you figure out your thesis. And you figure out your thesis by writing your paper. What you think is your conclusion often needs to be moved up from the end of the essay to the front. Then you are ready to make your final revisions and add a new concluding paragraph. You may also have come up with a new title in the course of writing the paper. And then you are ready to proofread your paper. And then you will have finished writing your paper. Congratulations! :)

Email your paper (as an attachment) to me at Put your name in the subject title or header of your title. Put your name in your paper.

Grading: I will meet with you in person to discuss your paper with you. PLEASE BE ADVISED: If you didn't do the asignment, a close reading, your grade is an automatic E. If didn't put your name on your paper, it's an automatic E. If you didn't have a proper title, it's an automatic E. If you didn't have a thesis, it's an automatic E. One third of your grade will be based on your title; one third on your thesis; and one third on the rest of your paper.


November 7:

Required Viewing:

Images (dir. Altman 1972)

November 9:

Required Viewing:

3 Women (dir. Robert Altman, 1977)

November 14:

Required Reading:

Sigmund Freud, A Seventeenth-Century Case of Demonological Possession

November 16:

Required Viewing:

The Devils (dir. Ken Russell, 1971)

Required Reading:

Laurence Rickels, The Devil Notebooks, 22-26; 211-20; 233-38

November 23:

Required Viewing:

The Exorcist (dir. 1973, William Friedkin)

November 23:

Required Viewing:

Multiple Maniacs (dir. John Waters, 1970)

November 28:

Required Viewing:

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (dir. Tobe Hooper, 1974)

November 30:


December 5:

Required Viewing:

Carrie (dir. Brian de Palma, 1976)

Recommended Viewing:

The Spook Who Sat by the Door (dir. Sam Greenlee, 1973)

Final Paper (500 words) due December 5 by 5:00 p.m. (please email it to me at















Class partly about understanding history through film, understanding film history and history in relation to a decade or a period, and partly showing repetition and cultural stagnation in the present. We will put into question: what is film? What is history? How does film allegorize rather than document history?

What is an ideologue? What is an intellectual? What is fake news? How do you decide if a source is reliable? Glenn greenwald at the Intercept versus Jimmy Dore show versus Max Keiser Report versus Alex Jones at infowars

Have a group of students lead for each week on the film--cover itin depth for two classes--and be experts on the film research, divide it up--in the film, listen to the commentary, compile a bibliography. Be experts on the film., ocys on formal aspects that define these films and their relation to violence, sexuality, sexism, misogyny, misanthropy, and nationalism.

Turn in your notes to me a week in advance. Be prepared to bring in the information you've learned as it is relevant to discussion.

Get the DVD yourselves.

Build to a reasearch paper using your notes and biblio to discuss one film you have led on, if you wish,and one filmyou havenot.



Apocalyse Now

Quiz the second week (end of it)

Week Three Straw Dogs Film Clip Due the weekend after discussion of Straw Dogs

Don't Look NowWorld on a Wire



The beginning of Peckinpah The Wild Bunch, and Django (Tarentino and retro 70s Grindhouse cinema) analogue versus digital

Easy Rider (late 60s into early70s)


What's Up, Doc?

A Woman Under the Influence 1974 Requiem for a Dream 199


The beginning of Peckinpah The Wild Bunch, and Django (Tarentino and retro 70s Grindhouse cinema) analogue versus digital

Easy Rider (late 60s into early70s)


Marathon Man and HHhH and Last House on the Left

The Omen and the Omen remake

That Obscure Object of Desire and The Devil is a Woman

Second paper on 70s film and remake

Blow Up and Blow Out


The Duellists

Omega Man


Planet of the Apes

Dark City and Memoirs of my Nervous Illness



A Clockwork Orange (1971)


Discreet Charm of the Bourgoisie


Research on second film mid way thorugh the term.

biblio and notes etc three weeks form term, a final week to write the research paper.

Frenzy (1972)

O Lucky Man!

Dog Day Afternoon

Bad Timing

Série noire