I am mid-way through life, and still fascinated by the journey. At this point, with my B.A. in Politics (1985) from Cowell College at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and working for the past 13 years in Post-Award Administration with the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics within the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; I am ready to write about a past lived, present experiences, and future desires and hopes.
I am fascinated by all types of film, both block-buster Hollywood tripe, and the most esoteric and odd international cinema. I came to appreciate film (moving pictures) while attending UCSC and taking a course in Sound Film History taught by a visiting scholar from Colorado named Bruce Kawin who would go on to become the editor of Gerald Mast’s compendium known as “A Short History of Film” that he used, along with James Monaco’s “How To Read Film”, as our textbooks for the course in which we saw such classics of B&W sound film as Carl Dryer’s “Ordet” (The Word), Jean Renoir’s “The Rules of the Game”, Leni Refenstahl’s “Olympiad”, and the infamous “Triumph of the Will”, as well as Karl Freund’s “Mad Love”, Howard Hawks’ “His Girl, Friday”, and of course Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane”, and two screenings of Alain René’s “Last Year at Marienbad”. In fact most films were screened twice. Once during class, and a double bill on Wednesday evenings in a larger venue on campus. He showed us experiments in color from international masters like Akira Kurosawa’s “Dodes’Ka-Den”, and Sergei Eisenstein’s final film, “Ivan the Terrible, Parts I & II.” (A mostly black & white film, except for a section of Part II, and the only example of Eisenstein using color in film.
I’m sure there is more I will reveal about myself as time moves along,