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Breaking Bad (2013)


"Crystal Blue Persuasion":
The Tragic Ballad of Breaking Bad's Final Season

4 Mondays, April 30 to May 21, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Paul Wright, Ph.D., Department of English, Cabrini University
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $100 for members, $125 for non-members
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Consistently lauded as one of the greatest series of all time, Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad had what is arguably the single strongest final season of any show from this most recent “golden age” of television. Often misunderstood as a wish-fulfillment exercise in immoral criminal fantasy, Breaking Bad is among the most seriously moral works of art in the American tradition—a claim never staked more clearly than in its final sixteen episodes, which will be the sole focus of this second course on the series.

In its unsparing look at Walter White’s tragic fall, the show blends the genre conventions of the gangster film, the western, and the family drama (with some healthy doses of brilliant, macabre comedy). In documenting the seductions, rationalizations, and perverse charisma of evil, Breaking Bad is a uniquely American drama that nonetheless would have been appreciated by tragedians of the past. Indeed, the series retains its potent “chemistry” with viewers in part because it synthesizes elements of Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, Scarface, and The Godfather, among so many other influences. In this course, we will explore the conclusion of a series that uniquely fuses classical sensibilities with a richly contemporary take on how we live today, and engage in a detailed analysis of “Ozymandias,” the antepenultimate episode of the series, which many critics have hailed as the finest single hour of dramatic television in the medium’s history.
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  • Monday, April 30
    6:30pm 2018-04-30 18:30:00 2018-04-30 21:30:00 America/New_York "Crystal Blue Persuasion":The Tragic Ballad of Breaking Bad's Final Season http://www.brynmawrfilm.org/class/2321/crystal-blue-persuasionthe-tragic-ballad-of-breaking-bads-final-season?id=2321&keyword=crystal-blue-persuasionthe-tragic-ballad-of-breaking-bads-final-season Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Monday, May 7
    6:30pm 2018-05-07 18:30:00 2018-05-07 21:30:00 America/New_York "Crystal Blue Persuasion":The Tragic Ballad of Breaking Bad's Final Season http://www.brynmawrfilm.org/class/2321/crystal-blue-persuasionthe-tragic-ballad-of-breaking-bads-final-season?id=2321&keyword=crystal-blue-persuasionthe-tragic-ballad-of-breaking-bads-final-season Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Monday, May 14
    6:30pm 2018-05-14 18:30:00 2018-05-14 21:30:00 America/New_York "Crystal Blue Persuasion":The Tragic Ballad of Breaking Bad's Final Season http://www.brynmawrfilm.org/class/2321/crystal-blue-persuasionthe-tragic-ballad-of-breaking-bads-final-season?id=2321&keyword=crystal-blue-persuasionthe-tragic-ballad-of-breaking-bads-final-season Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Monday, May 21
    6:30pm 2018-05-21 18:30:00 2018-05-21 21:30:00 America/New_York "Crystal Blue Persuasion":The Tragic Ballad of Breaking Bad's Final Season http://www.brynmawrfilm.org/class/2321/crystal-blue-persuasionthe-tragic-ballad-of-breaking-bads-final-season?id=2321&keyword=crystal-blue-persuasionthe-tragic-ballad-of-breaking-bads-final-season Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA