Gary Handman ((no email))
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 12:24:11 -0700

Hi folks! Just a reminder: when posting a message to either list, please be sure to include your full address at bottom (this is standard netiquette). When posting queries re particular videos, it's most helpful to include as much
information as possible re the work (as much as you know--was it aired on PBS?
How did you hear about it? etc.)


And while I have you all captive, I have a request of my own:

I'm gonna be teaching a course this Spring (a freshman/sophomore seminar) tentatively entitled: "Screening the Machine: Technology, Anxiety, and the Movies."
It's going to focus on the treatment of technology and technological developmentin the movies over time. I'll also be using newsreels and print stuff to provide socio-cultural context for the films we watch.

So, here's the deal: I have a long roster of likely films (Man with a Movie Camera; Metropolis; Modern Times; Things to Come; Playtime; Deskset; a few Tex Avery Cartoons (The Modern House); some nuclear paranoia stuff (Attack of the 50'
Woman, etc); Robocop; Terminator; Bladerunner; War Games; The Net; Virtuosity...and blah blah blah.

I'm still compiling my list, however, and would love to hear about your cool ideas for stuff to watch. I'm going to try a chronological approach with thematic
focus within this structure (city as machine; body as machine; machine as creator; machine as destroyer...)

Want to play? All suggestions greatly appreciated. It'd be particularly usefulto get recommendations for 20's, 30's, and 40's films. Also: if you have
articles on the subject of science/tech and the movies, I'd love to hear about


Gary Handman
UC Berkeley