Robin F. Brancato

Robin F. Brancato has taught English, journalism, and creative writing at Hackensack H.S., Teaneck H.S., and Kean University, all in New Jersey. She has published eight young adult novels with Alfred Knopf and two nonfiction books for teenagers with Scarecrow Press. She is a member of the Authors Guild, PEN International, and Writers Guild East.

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1.4.1 More Movies

You’ll receive a list of six films that you’ll watch, one a week, in advance of the class. The titles will be a combination of oldies commemorating a particular director or actor and contemporary films. Choices should be available, usually free, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, or as DVDs from your library. They will be diverse in subject matter and style and will be selected on the basis of how likely they are to stimulate discussion. NEW!


1.1.1 More Movies

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You’ll receive a list of six films that you’ll watch, one a week, in advance of the class. The titles will be a combination of oldies commemorating a particular director or actor and contemporary films. Choices should be available, usually free, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, or as DVDs from your library. They will be diverse in subject matter and style and will be selected on the basis of how likely they are to stimulate discussion. NEW!


2.1.2 More Short Stories

We’ll read and share ideas on two stories every week, many of them from The New Yorker. Stories will be selected on the basis of relevance to our world today, diversity of content and style, and likelihood of inspiring good discussion. Stories will either be available for you to access directly on the Internet or sent by me to you in digital form. NEW STORIES!


Discussion of the Film Passing, Directed by Rebecca Hall

Please watch in advance of the class the film Passing, available on Netflix beginning Nov. 10, 2021. This recently released black-and-white movie, based on a 1929 novel by Nellie Larsen, involves two friends from childhood for whom secrets unfold when they unexpectedly meet again as adults.


Still More Stories, Some From The New Yorker

You’ll receive in advance a list of stories, two per week, with instructions on how to access them. Read the stories more than once, if possible, for best possible discussions. NEW!


More Movies

You’ll receive in advance titles of six films to watch on your own, for discussion in class, one per week, of themes, characterizations, directors’ decisions, relevance to today, and more. NEW!


A Discussion of the Film Minari

In advance of our meeting, please watch Minari, directed by Lee Isaac Chung, which follows a family of South Korean immigrants who relocate from California to Arkansas in the 1980s. By the time we meet, we’ll know whether Minari has won any of the six Academy Awards for which it’s been nominated.


Seen Any Good Movies? Part 2 – Wednesday Session

In this class you’ll view for the first time, or re-watch, six films, one per week. When we meet we’ll discuss the content, relevance, style, and intrinsic value of that week’s movie. You’ll receive in advance a list of six titles, chosen because they’re worth discussing, diverse in subject matter and not overly lengthy. Every attempt will be made to choose films that are readily accessible.


More Short Stories Mostly from The New Yorker

We’ll read and share ideas on two stories every week, many of them from The New Yorker. Stories will be selected on the basis of relevance to our world today, diversity of content and style, and likelihood of inspiring good discussion. Stories will either be available for you to access directly on the Internet or sent by me to you in digital form.


Seen Any Good Movies? Part 2

In this class you’ll view for the first time, or re-watch, six films, one per week. When we meet we’ll discuss the content, relevance, style, and intrinsic value of that week’s movie. You’ll receive in advance a list of six titles, chosen because they’re worth discussing, diverse in subject matter and not overly lengthy. Every attempt will be made to choose films that are readily accessible.