I would really be interested in pursuing more online film classes. Some topics might be:
* A Century of Film Musicals
I rather like the idea, after all, the first talking picture was a musical! But I would narrow it to Musicals from 1920's to 1990.
Week one, 1927 - 1939 Beginnings (emphasis on Song and Dance)
Week two - 1940 - 1950 (The War Years)
Week three - 1950-1960 (The Golden Age of Musicals)
Week four - 1960 - 1975 (The waning of the film musical)
Week five - 1975 - 1990 (the live action musical at the end of the 20th Century)
Problems I foresee. Notice I left off in 1990, After that, Disney seems to have ruled the musical, especially ANIMATED Musicals, and we all know TCM would have problems getting Disney films....so Mary Poppins would be out as well in week 4.
Musicals is such a LARGE Subject, it might be better to pare it down from Genre to subject: All Singing, All Dancing: The popular actors/actresses/ influencers of the screen musical.
Week one Al Jolson, Busby Berkley, Fred and Ginger, Nelson Eddy and Janette MacDonald
Week two AND three Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Esther Williams, The Nicolas Brothers, Mark Eden and the MGM Production team
Week four Van Johnson, Doris Day, Gene Kelly, Gene Nelson, Ann Miller, Howard Keel, the teams - Bob and Bing, Jerry and Dean.
Week five, The transition to teenagers and rock and roll.