CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium

January 11, 2024 - May 2, 2024, 6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The School of Cinematic Arts
Invites USC Students of ALL YEARS & MAJORS
to Register for the Spring 2024 Semester Course:

CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium

AKA: Thursday Night at the Movies with Leonard Maltin

USC's Most Popular Elective for over 50 years!!!

Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Find CTCS-466 on the USC Schedule of Classes:

This Spring 2024 semester, the School of Cinematic Arts will offer a very special course called CTCS-466: Theatrical Film Symposium, a four-unit elective class open for enrollment to ALL USC STUDENTS OF ANY MAJOR that brings you face-to-face with leading film directors, writers, producers, and actors working today. Throughout the semester, students will watch a wide selection of new film releases, followed by exclusive Q&As with the creative teams behind them. The class is taught by film critic LEONARD MALTIN and meets every Thursday night in Norris Cinema Theatre from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Potential Spring 2024 screenings may include: The Book of Clarence, Dune: Part Two, Deadpool 3, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, Madame Web, Drive-Away Dolls, Elio, and many others

Recent screenings included: Killers of the Flower Moon, Wish, The Marvels, The Holdovers, American Fiction, The Killer, Nyad, Fair Play, The Persian Version, Bottoms, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3., Chevalier, John Wick: Chapter 4, Air, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret..., The Blackening, Turning Red, Navalny, All That Breathes, You People, Knock at the Cabin, Close, MissingAnt-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Babylon, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Woman King, Bros, On the Come Up, Do Revenge, The Fabelmans, Armageddon Time, Till.

Guests in recent years have included: Emma Seligman, Rian Johnson, Rostam Batmanglij, Julia Cox, Erik Messerschmidt, Alexander Payne, Cord Jefferson, Eric Roth, Sebastian Silva, Chad Stahelski, Kevin Feige, Stephen Williams, Domee Shi, Kenya Barris, Tim Story, Damien Chazelle, Elvis Mitchell, Sanaa Lathan, Ryan Coogler, James Gray, Rick Carter, Nick Stoller, Terilyn Shropshire, Chloé Zhao, Matt Reeves, Kogonada, Nicholas Britell, Stephen Chbosky, Teruhisa Yamamoto, Robert Eggers, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Alice Brooks, Jason Reitman, Viggo Mortensen, Deepa Mehta, Destin Daniel Cretton, Neil Burger, Bryan Fogel, Julia Hart, Auli'i Cravalho, Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, Jessica Barden, Wagner Moura, Alice Wu, Courtney B. Vance, Aneesh Chaganty, Isabel Sandoval, Barry Jenkins, Chloe Grace Moretz, Melina Matsoukas, Joe & Anthony Russo, Guillermo del Toro, Benedict Wong, Zazie Beetz, Errol Morris, Taika Waititi, Lee Unkrich, JJ Abrams, Sylvester Stallone, Patricia Riggen, and Judd Apatow.


About Professor Leonard Maltin

Leonard Maltin is one of the most recognized and respected film critics of our time. He spent 30 years on the hit television show Entertainment Tonight and appears regularly on Turner Classic Movies. He currently hosts the weekly podcast Maltin on Movies with his daughter Jessie. An established author, he is best known for his paperback reference, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide. In 2005, he introduced a companion volume, Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide (now in its third edition), which focuses on movies made before 1965, going back to the silent era. His latest book is a memoir titled Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood.

A lifelong Disneyphile, Leonard first published his book The Disney Films in 1973 and revised it several times through the year 2000. He initiated, hosted, and co-produced the popular Walt Disney Treasures DVDs (thirty-seven in all).

Leonard’s other books include Hooked on Hollywood, The Best 151 Movies You’ve Never Seen, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, The Great American Broadcast: A Celebration of Radio’s Golden Age, The Great Movie Comedians, Movie Comedy Teams, The Art of the Cinematographer, Selected Short Subjects and (as co-author) The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang.

Leonard has been teaching at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for the last 24 years. His popular class screens new films prior to their release, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

As an expert and host, he is frequently seen on news programs and documentaries. Leonard is also a prolific freelance writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, Smithsonian, TV Guide, Esquire, The Village Voice and American Film. He was the film critic for Playboy magazine for six years.

Additionally, Leonard frequently lectures on film and was a member of the faculty of New York City’s New School for Social Research for nine years. He served as Guest Curator at the Museum of Modern Art film department in New York on two separate occasions.

He has written a number of television specials, including Fantasia: The Creation of a Disney Classic and has hosted, produced and written such video documentaries and compilations as The Making of The Quiet Man, The Making of High Noon, Cartoons for Big Kids, The Lost Stooges, Young Duke: The Making of a Movie Star, Cliffhangers: Adventures from the Thrill Factory and Cartoon Madness: The Fantastic Max Fleischer Cartoons.

In 2006 he was named by the Librarian of Congress to join the Board of Directors of the National Film Preservation Foundation. He also has received awards and citations from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, American Society of Cinematographers, Anthology Film Archives, The Society of Cinephiles, San Diego Comic-Con International, and the Telluride Film Festival. Perhaps the greatest indication of his fame was his appearance in a now-classic episode of the animated series South Park.

In 2022 he became the third person to receive the Robert Osborne Award at the TCM Classic Film Festival, where it was presented to him by Warren Beatty. Shortly afterward he was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu