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Films of Hitchcock available as continuing education course

Alfred Hitchcock is undeniably one of the most important filmmakers who ever lived. Professor Math Trafton of the UAS Sitka Campus will be leading a group of local students toward insight into Hitchcock’s craft – and the thought process behind it. The class, English 419, begins July 8 and runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 7:30 pm at the Sitka Campus through August 21. It is available as a continuing education class for $45, or as a full-credit English course for $639.

Many of Hitchcock’s sixty films remain among the most highly regarded by film connoisseurs. The class will watch and discuss seven of Sir Alfred’s best films, from Murder! (1939) to Psycho (1960), as well as a small number of episodes from Hitchcock’s television series.

This course will offer students the rare opportunity to explore the director's many narrative and cinematic techniques and to gain a deeper insight into his masterful artistry. Not only will students be exposed to new approaches to thinking about these particular Hitchcock films, but they will learn new strategies for understanding and "reading" film in general.

Though the course will primarily focus on the art of suspense, it will also consider a wide range of topics in film theory, in psychoanalysis, and in the director's biography. Each class will feature first a viewing period and then a detailed discussion to closely analyze key moments in the film. The course will span seven weeks with two classes per week.

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