In this Virtual Lecture Series, Jonathan Rosenbaum discusses twelve films over ten weeks that provide a suggestive and varied representation of the 1960s, a tumultuous decade that began with the presidency of John F. Kennedy, and ended with the Moon landing, and that was defined in part by the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Era and the Cuban Missile Crisis. For this series, Rosenbaum has paired classics with lesser-known masterpieces from the decade that explore perspectives from the United States, France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Iran, Senegal and Japan. Each session will explore themes, genres, and filmmakers alongside examinations of production details and historical context.

Films discussed in the Talking Pictures lecture series are watched by participants outside of the course schedule. The Film Center does not provide access to films; please refer to the sources listed below. All films are available for free or for a small rental fee on various streaming platforms. 

SCHEDULE & TO REGISTER: September 6 through November 8, Mondays at 6:00 pm CT

Once you are registered, we will send you a Zoom link to the lecture.

If you have purchased a pass, please register for each lecture. If you are only interested in a few of the lectures click on the lecture you are interested in purchasing a ticket.

Member Admission per session       $6
Member Series Pass       $50
General Admission per session       $12
General Series Pass       $110



WEEK 1: Monday, September 6
SHADOWS (John Cassavetes, 1959, 87 min.)


WEEK 2: Monday, September 13
ZAZIE DANS LE MÉTRO (Louis Malle, 1960, 93 min.)


WEEK 3: Monday, September 20
L’AVVENTURA (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960, 145 min.)


WEEK 4: Monday, September 27
LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Alain Resnais, 1961, 94 min.)


WEEK 5: Monday, October 4
THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (John Frankenheimer, 1962, 126 min.)


WEEK 6: Monday, October 11
CONTEMPT (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964, 105 min.)


WEEK 7: Monday, October 18
FLAMING CREATURES (Jack Smith, 1963, 45 min.)
DAISIES (Věra Chytilová, 1966, 79 min.)


WEEK 8: Monday, October 25 | Guest Lecturer: Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa
THE HOUSE IS BLACK (Forough Farrokhzad, 1962, 26 min.)
BLACK GIRL (Ousmane Sembène, 1966, 80 min.)


WEEK 9: Monday, November 1
MR. FREEDOM (William Klein, 1968, 100 min.)


WEEK 10: Monday, November 8 
BOY (Nagisa Ōshima, 1969, 105 min.)

jonathan rosenbaum

Jonathan Rosenbaum was film critic for the Chicago Reader from 1987 to 2008. His 15 books include CINEMATIC ENCOUNTERS (two volumes), GOODBYE CINEMA, HELLO CINEPHILIA, DISCOVERING ORSON WELLES, ESSENTIAL CINEMA, ABBAS KIAROSTAMI (with Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa), MOVIE WARS, DEAD MAN, MOVIES AS POLITICS, PLACING MOVIES, GREED, MIDNIGHT MOVIES (with J. Hoberman), and MOVING PLACES. He has taught at New York University, the University of California campuses at Berkeley, San Diego, and Santa Barbara, the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Sarajevo’s FilmFactory. He maintains a web site archiving most of his work at