Santa Barbara City College, Film and Media Studies Department
Film Studies 107: Contemporary American Film
Online Course
Instructor: Nico Maestu


Welcome to the online version of the Film Studies 107: Contemporary American Film course at Santa Barbara City College.

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Most communications for this class between you and the instructor will take place by email. You will receive regular emails about the content of the class and the assignments at your SBCC Pipeline account (click here). Be sure to check it often so that you do not miss any class information.

This class is not fully on Canvas. We will be using a simple website on which you can access the lecture presentations, film clips, links to external websites, schedule, and more.

The course is completely online > you will NOT need to come to the Santa Barbara City College campus for any part of the class.

On the first day of the semester you will receive an email with information about the class site, the link to the site, the username and the password. Be sure to check your email that day.

All emails for this class should be sent to:

In the subject of the email, type:

  • FirstName LastName, your CRN number, what this email is about

  • ex: Subject: John Doe, 33883, Question


When you first log in to the class on the first day of the semester you will be able to plan your film rentals for the semester.

For the Summer session, you will need to view 2 to 3 films on you own per week.

For the first week of the session, here is the list of films from which you must select ONE to watch by the first Friday of the semester. You can plan ahead to rent and/or purchase one of the following films. More information will be available on the class site.

Watch ONE of the following films by Friday June 30:

  • Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960): available in the Learning Resource Center at SBCC
  • The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1962)
  • The Longest Day (Anankin, Marton, Wicki,1963)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962)
  • Seven Days in May (John Frankenheimer, 1964)
  • Fail Safe (Sydney Lumet, 1964)
  • Lolita (Kubrick, 1962)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance (John Ford, 1962)
  • Butterfield 8 (Daniel Mann, 1961)
  • West Side Story (Robert Wise, 1961)
  • The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965)

Watch ONE of the following films by Sunday July 2:

  • In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967): available in the Learning Resource Center at SBCC
  • Cleopatra (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1968): Establishing Shot
  • Dr. No (Terrence Young, 1962)
  • Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, 1964)
  • Bullitt (Peter Yates, 1968): Steve McQueen
  • The Thomas Crowne Affair (Norman Jewison, 1968) w/ Steve McQueen: Split screen
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer, 1967): Sidney Poitier and race issues
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Blake Edwards, 1961): Audrey Hepburn
  • Gidget Goes Hawaiian (Paul Wendkos, 1961)
  • Beach Party (William Asher, 1963): Dancing
  • Bikini Beach (William Asher, 1964): Intro.
  • Blue Hawaii (Norman Taurog, 1962)