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Enroll in "Film School" With TCM's 31 Days of Oscar

Enroll in "Film School" With TCM's 31 Days of Oscar


The annual 31 Days of Oscar festival on Turner Classic Movies is always a great way to catch up on great films I might have missed, but this year it might also teach me something new. This year's Oscar celebration — which starts Feb. 1 and goes through March 3 — is divided up like a college curriculum, with "departments" like Zoology and Communications and courses of study including Shakespeare's Tragedies, Advanced Ballet, and Contemporary Issues in Mass Media.

It's really a trip to look through all the different movies that fall under each "course." Genetics has The Parent Trap, among others, while Bedknobs and Broomsticks falls under Aerodynamics. Dr. Strangelove, naturally, is covered under Nuclear Physics, and The Graduate is a key component of Contemporary Moral Issues.

It's a pretty clever spin on an old tradition, I think. The full list of films on the docket is over here, and to see a few of the "courses" I might enroll in myself, just read more.

Tuesday, Feb. 3 – Architecture Department
Architecture of Ancient Rome
Noon — Julius Caesar (1953)
2:15 p.m. — Ben-Hur (1959)
6:15 p.m. — A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Sunday, Feb. 8 – Anthropology Department
Urban Ethnic Cultures
8 p.m. — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
10:15 p.m. — Moonstruck (1987)
12:15 a.m. — Marty (1955)
2 a.m. — Boyz N the Hood (1991)
4 a.m. — The Jazz Singer (1927)

Saturday, Feb. 14 – Sociology Department
Race, Gender and Ethnicity
8 p.m. — Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955)
10 p.m. — The King and I (1956)
12:30 a.m. — South Pacific (1958)
3:15 a.m. — Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967)
5:15 a.m. — Annie Hall (1977)

Friday, Feb. 27 – Political Science Department
American Elections and the Legislative Process
8 p.m. — Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
10:15 p.m. — All the King’s Men (1949)
12:15 a.m. — The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
2:30 a.m. — The Best Man (1964)
4:30 a.m. — So This is Washington (1943)

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