This seminar will deal with subjects at the intersection of law, psychology, and morality using film as 'text.' Subjects include: responsibility and community, love and redemption, reconstructing the claims of family, gender and sexual identity, narratives of justice and injustice, the lawyer's identity, patriarchy and misogyny, and race and the subculture of poverty. Films shown in the past years include (director and title): Gorris, Antonia's Line; Mikhalkov, Burnt by the Sun; Fassbinder, The Marriage of Maria Braun; Coppola, Apocalypse Now; Resnais, Hiroshima Mon Amour; Verhoeven, The Nasty Girl; Tarantino, Pulp Fiction; Hrebejk, Divided We Fall; van Diem, Character; Vidor, The Crowd: Visconti, Rocco and His Brothers; Zhang, The Story of Qui Ju; Zwick, Glory; Leigh, Secrets and Lies; Fellini, 8 1/2; Allen, Crimes and Misdemeanors; Lee, Do the Right Thing; Frears, My Beautiful Laundrette, and Sautet, Un Coeur en Hiver.
Students must view John Sayles's film Lone Star and submit a brief review before the first class. Requirements include regular class attendance and active participation in discussion. Students must write five short papers to be shared with other members of the seminar.