"Cinema and Mythology" - A 10-Week Workshop with Bahram Beyzaie

"Cinema and Mythology" - A 10-Week Workshop with Bahram Beyzaie
Repeats every week until Fri Jun 03 2011 except Fri May 27 2011.
Friday, April 1, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:40pm
Friday, April 8, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:40pm
Friday, April 15, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:40pm
Friday, April 22, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:40pm
Friday, April 29, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:40pm
Friday, May 6, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:40pm
Friday, May 13, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:40pm
Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:40pm
Friday, June 3, 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:40pm

Jordan Hall, Building 420, Room 040

The ten-week workshop offered by Mr. Bahram Beyzaie during the Winter quarter, made possible by the Bita Daryabari Endowment through the Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, was a singular success. Since one of the initial wishes of Ms. Daryabari in making her endowment was that courses in Persian and on Persian arts and letters be taught at Stanford, and since both the Moghadam Family and Ms. Daryabari have emphasized their desire for stronger ties between Stanford and the Iranian-American community, we are pleased to announce that Mr. Bahram Beyzaie will present another ten-week workshop, open to the public, and in Persian. The title of the workshop is "Cinema and Mythology."


In this course, ten movies from around the world will be analyzed with regard to their mythological content.  Each session will be two hours long, with a ten-minute break. Attendees are expected to view the related film carefully before each meeting. Participation in the workshop is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The workshop will take place in Jordan Hall, Building 420, Room 040 and will meet on the following dates:

  • Friday, April 1: The Gospel According to St. Mathew, (1964), Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini
                  [Supplementary Film: Jesus Christ Superstar, (1973), Dir: Norman Jewison]
                  [Supplementary Film: Three Godfathers, (1948) Dir: John Ford]
                  [Supplementary Book: The Holy Bible, New Testament, Mathew]
  • Friday, April 8: The Seventh Seal, (1957), Dir: Ingmar Bergman
                  [Supplementary Book: Gilgamesh]
  • Friday, April 15:  Destiny, (1921), Dir: Fritz Lang
  • Friday, April 22:  Orphee, (1950), Dir: Jean Cocteau
  • Friday, April 29: Oedipus Rex, (1967), Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini
                  [Supplementary Book: Oedipus Rex, (play), Sophocles]
                  [Supplementary Film: Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, (Opera), (1993), Dir: Julie Taymor]
  • Friday, May 6: East of Eden, (1955), Dir: Elia Kazan
                  [Supplementary Book: The Old Testament, Genesis 2-4]
                  [Supplementary Film: Ray, (2004), Dir: Taylor Hackford]
  • Friday, May 13: Notorious, (1946), Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
                  [Supplementary Film: Vertigo, (1958), Dir: Alfred Hitchcock]
                  [Supplementary Film: Psycho, (1961), Dir: Alfred Hitchcock]
  • Friday, May 20: Golem, (1915), Dir: Henrik Galeen
                  [Supplementary Film: Cabinet of Dr. Caligary, (1919), Dir: Robert Wiene]
                  [Supplementary Film: Faust, (1926) Dir: F.W. Murnau]
                  [Supplementary Book: Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]
  • Friday, May 27: Metropolis, (1927), Dir: Fritz Lang
  • Friday, June 3: Blade Runner, (1982), Dir: Ridley Scott                                              [Supplementary Film: Artificial Intelligence (AI), (2001), Dir: Steven Spielberg]         [Supplementary Book: The Adventures of Pinnocchio, Carlo Collodi]

If a good copy of one of the five following titles by Bahram Beyzaie becomes available for all attendants’ viewing, that film and the analysis of that film's mythological aspects will substitute the film (and its supplements) scheduled for Week-8 (May 20).

  • (1) Gharibeh va Meh (The Stranger and the Fog),
  • (2) Marg-e Yazdgerd, (Death of Yazdgerd),
  • (3) Mosaferan (The Passengers),
  • (4) Sag-Koshi (Killing Mad Dogs),
  • (5) Vaqti Hameh Khabim, (When We Are All Asleep)

To access directions to the Workshop venue, please click on the following link: http://theory.stanford.edu/~aflb/directions-jordan.html

Parking at Stanford is free after 4pm

For questions please email Iranian Studies Program: iranianstudiesatstanford [dot] edu


psherpaatstanford [dot] edu