Past Event

Watching the Classics

June 15, 2021 - June 29, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul and Istanbul Film Academy is organizing an online film series “Watching the Classics” that has helped change the course of film history with Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University and Director Emeritus of the New York Film Festival.

The series illustrates discussions on three undisputed classics of world cinema; namely “Citizen Kane, 1941, USA, The Rules of the Game, 1939, France, and Late Spring, 1949, Japan.” Each week, Prof. Peña places a given film within its aesthetic, economic, technological, and socio-political context, detailing each director’s formal techniques while teasing out the implications of these aesthetic and technological decisions.

*This event will be in English. Turkish simultaneous translation will be provided.

Join us for this chance to revisit some of your favorites films!  


15 June 2021 Tuesday (8 PM - 9:30 PM) Citizen Kane 

22 June 2021 Tuesday (8 PM - 9:30 PM) The Rules of the Game 

29 June 2021 Tuesday (8 PM - 9:30 PM) Late Spring  

Richard Peña is a Professor of Film and Media Studies at Columbia University, where he specializes in film theory and international cinema. From 1988 to 2012, he was the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival. At the Film Society, Richard Peña organized retrospectives of many film artists, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Sacha Guitry, Abbas Kiarostami,  King Hu, Robert Aldrich, Roberto Gavaldon, Ritwik Ghatak, Kira Muratova, Fei Mu, Zeki Demirkubuz, Youssef Chahine, Yasujiro Ozu, Carlos Saura, Nagisa Oshima and Amitabh Bachchan, as well as major film series devoted to African, Israeli, Cuban, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, Arab, Korean, Swedish, Turkish, German, Taiwanese and Argentine cinema. In 1995, together with Unifrance, he created “Rendez-Vous with French Cinema,” the leading American showcase for new French cinema. A frequent lecturer on film internationally, in 2014-2015, he was a Visiting Professor in Brazilian Studies at Princeton, and in 2015-2016 a Visiting Professor in Film Studies at Harvard. He also taught courses at the Sorbonne, Beijing University and the University of São Paulo. In May, 2016, he was the recipient of the “Cathedra Bergman” award at the UNAM in Mexico City, where he offered a three-part lecture series “On the Margins of American Cinema.” He also currently hosts WNET/Channel 13’s weekly Reel 13.