This page include a partial list of film classes previously taught by Alex Pirolini at various institutions of higher education. Scroll down to view the list of recurring classes.
cinema through the examination of representative films and filmmakers. It examines the evolution of gender and sexual stereotypes in film and contrasts those images with efforts by filmmakers to challenge such stereotypes and more accurately portray diversity in cinema. The course focuses particularly on movies which reveal origins and explanations of women's places in cultures and societies.
By analyzing movies, screenplays, film and TV projects, this course intends to demonstrate how Sturges deconstructed the rules of classical cinema and television through pastiche, non-chronological storytelling, and hypothetical narratives. The goal of this course is to present the work of Preston Sturges in a new perspective, and to reposition his reputation as something in between a classic director and a postmodern one—that is, as an artist who both contributed to the creation and definition of the Classical Hollywood Cinema and its genres and at the same time played with its rules and definitions.
This class focuses on some of Welles' least known works for cinema and television, and it analyzes narrative and cinematic techniques from the movies that made of Orson Welles one of the most influential directors in world cinema.
of Constantinople in 1453 had the world seen such an enormous and sudden enrichment of one culture at the expense of another." Hollywood, in fact, was created from nothing by European and Russian Jewish immigrants (William Fox, Samuel Goldwyn, Marcus Loew, Adolph Zukor) and it quickly became one of the most representative temples of the American Dream thanks to the work of hundreds of directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and actors that imported in the 1920s and the 1930s from Central Europe. The course intends to explore the
invaluable contribute of artists such as Eric von Stroheim, Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, or Robert Siodmak, Douglas Sirk, Otto Preminger to the American cinema, through a series of multimedia lectures including selected video and audio clips, the analysis of songs and literary texts, and the screening of films.
It examines the evolution of cultural, racial, and sexual stereotypes in film and contrasts those images with efforts by filmmakers to challenge such stereotypes and more accurately portray diversity in cinema.
The course focuses particularly on movies which reveal origins and explanations of women's places in cultures and societies.