Email all work for the course to me at

There are no film screenings for this course.

Recommended Links

The Lady From Shanghai Funhouse mirrors 1947 

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 reread 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).

Email all work for the course to me at

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, Kray, Kray World: The B Culture Side

Does Paranoia Mean Anything Now When It Comes to Understanding Politics and the World? Is Anything Significant Secret, or Hidden Anymore? Or is everything happening in plain sight and in real time?

Network (1976) trailer

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. Do not send google docs, pdfs, or any other kind of document. Just word doc or doxc.

Just one doc.

August 24:

Required Viewing:

Network (dir. Sidney Lumet, 1973)

Due August 28 by 5 p.m.: Two discussion questions and three shots with three film analysis terms on Get Out, numbered one and two. Put your name at the top of the document. Email all work to me at I will no longer post this notice on the schedule below since you should understand the assignment and due dates (Mondays and Wednesdays by 5 p.m.) by now.

August 29:

Required Viewing:

Get Out (dir. Jordan Peele, 2017)


1992 "United Negro College Fund"

Satirical segment on a TV Ad

Kanye West, "School Spirit Skit"

Drive Elevator Murder (in self-defense) Scene (compare to Chris Washington's off-screen stomping the head of the white brother until he is dead in Get Out).

The Stepford Wives (dir. Ira Levin, 1971)

I Am Not Your Negro (dir. Raoul Peck, 2017); James Baldwin uses the word "paranoid" at two points. See white supremacist signs in Charlottesville Nazi protest and antifa counter protest in 2017.

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).

Due August 30 by 5 p.m. Two discussion questions and and three film shots onAll 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

August 31: The Deep Throat State

Required Viewing: Double Feature?

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

Recommended Viewing and Reading:

The link to the X-Rated film Deep Throat--recommended, but not required viewing, below takes you to a XXX hardcore porn website where you may watch the film for free.

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

FBI’s No. 2 Was ‘Deep Throat’: Mark Felt Ends 30-Year Mystery of The Post’s Watergate Source

The Wire (season 5)

HBO's "The Deuce" Recalls Sex and Sleaze in 1970s Times Square AUG. 24, 2017 NY Times

Porn theater on 42nd St., New York, in Martin Scorcese'sTaxi Driver.

"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 films be pornographic?  Blue is the Warmest Color is a good example.

Slavoj Žižek, "Appendix I: The Sex Act," in The Plague of Fantasies (1997)

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

Clip from 1960s broadcast, male announcer comparing the pill to the hydrogen bomb: time stamp 3:45 "Childlessness: the Growing Global Trend" First broadcast on The Why Factor, 18 July 2017.

Follow the Money

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.


All the President's Men, Revisited (2016)

California condor- not extinct

Richard Burt, "Duly Noted: Sovereignty and Secrecy of the Law"

Slavoj Zizek, The Parallax View, selected pages.

September 7: SENIORS FOR STUDENTS! Forgive student debt, protect Social Security!

Reading Reading:

Alan Badiou, The True Life (You'll need to check this book out of a library or buy a ebook or paper copy.)

Recommended Viewing:

Hulu Channel: The Handmaid's Tale Mini-Series (2017) episode 1 (the apparent dystopia is actually a secretly cherished utopia)

Feb 7, 2017 "The future is female." 

September 12:

Required Viewing:

Videodrome (dir. David Cronenberg, 1983) [Think of the film as an updating of Network after TV has become Cable TV.]

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.

Topics to be Announced Soon Email all work to me at

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.


Lonely are the Brave (dir. David Miller, 1962) fight scene timestamp 16:20

Slavoj Zizek, The Parallax View

Shooter (dir. Antoine Fuqua, 2007)

Snowden (2016) "Moscow Variation"

September 21:

Required Reading:

"This is Not a Simulation"

Required Viewing:

World on a Wire (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973)


Thirteenth Floor (dir. Josef Rusnak,1999)

September 26:

Required Viewing:

Taxi Driver (dir. Martin Scorcese, 1976)

Recommended Viewing:

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

September 28:

Required Viewing:

Marathon Man (dir. John Schlesinger, 1976)

Jessie Owens almost returns (remember Get Out). The documentary, sepia footage is of an Ethiopian marathon runner at the 1968 Tokyo Olympiad.

From Jules Massenet's Hérodiade, performed by Charles W. Clark in 1914

October 3:

Required Viewing:

Jaws (dir. Stephen Spielberg, 1975)

Required Reading:

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

Recommended Viewing and Reading:

The Shallows (dir. Jaume Collet-Serra, 2016)

Sigmund Freud, "The Taboo on Virginity," Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud Volume XI (1910), 191-208.

October 5:

Required Viewing:

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

October 10:

Required Viewing:

Performance (dir. Nicholas Roeg, 1970)

Required Reading:

Sigmund Freud, Psychoanalytic Notes on Daniel Schreber, Parts One and Two, pp. 9-58

October 12:

Required Viewing:

Dirty Harry (dir. Don Siegel, 1971)

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

October 17:

Required Viewing:

Zodiac (dir. David Fincher, 2007)

Required Reading:

Sigmund Freud, Psychoanalytic Notes on Daniel Schreber,Part Three and Postscript, pp. 59-82

October 19:

Required Viewing:

Missing (dir. Costa-Gavras,1982)

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)

Robocop (dir. Paul VERHOEVEN, 1987)

Trading Places (1987)

Bigelow film comes out as Detroit gentrifies.

November 7:

Required Viewing:

Images (dir. Altman 1972)

November 9:

Required Viewing:

The Tenant (dir. Roman Polanski, 1976)

Second Paper (500 words) DUE Sunday November 12 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! :) Also, please insert image captures as needed.

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 14:

Required Viewing: The Omen (1976)

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 21:

Required Viewing:

The Lady Eve (dir. Preston Sturges, 1941)


A New Leaf (dir. Elaine May, 1971)

November 23:


November 28:

Required Viewing:

The Exorcist (dir. 1973, William Friedkin)

Recommended Viewing:

American Horror Story: Cult - Official Season 7 Trailer (Legendado)?

Bug (dir. William Friedkin, 2006)

November 30:

Required Viewing:

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (dir. Tobe Hooper, 1974)

Required Reading:

Carol J. Clover, "Her Body, Himself: Gender in the Slasher Film." Representations, No. 20, Special Issue: Misogyny, Misandry, and Misanthropy (Autumn, 1987), pp. 187-228.

Recommended Reading:

Linda Williams, "Power, Pleasure, and Perversion: Sadomasochistic Film Pornography."

Representations, No. 27 (Summer, 1989), pp. 37-65.

December 5:

Required Viewing:

Carrie (dir. Brian de Palma, 1976)

Recommended Viewing:

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

Multiple Maniacs (dir. John Waters, 1970)


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



Required Viewing:

Days of Heaven (dir. Terrence Malick, 1978)








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




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