MMU Crash Course: Czech New Wave

Series: Movie Madness University

MMU Crash Course classes offer a low-intensity way to explore a filmmaker or genre, in a friendly environment shared with fellow film lovers. Unlike our MMU 101 seminars, these Crash Courses offer a more casual approach. There’s no formal lecture or discussion, but films are curated and presented by staff experts. You’ll also receive some “homework,” suggested reading and other films to find related to the topic (all optional, of course!).

This Crash Course focuses on one of the most formally audacious film movements in cinema history: the Czech New Wave of the 1960s, a movement that represented an earthquake of creativity that can still be felt today. We’ll examine a stylistically diverse selection of films, from farcical coming-of-age to surrealist folk horror, locating each within the broader context of Czechoslovakian culture and politics.

Feel free to email with “Czech New Wave class titles” in the subject line for a full list of titles.

Movies will be screened at the Movie Madness Miniplex (4320 SE Belmont). Classes will be held Mondays in March at 7:00pm. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for all students and instructors. This class will be led by Movie Madness staffer Joel Gaddis.