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Black and white photograph of Humphrey Bogart, a man wearing a trenchcoat and fedora, and Ingrid Bergman, also wearing a fedora. The two are gazing into each other's eyes.

What Makes a Great Film Great?



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Why do some films become classics and others simply fade away?

What determines whether today’s box-office phenomenon gets forgotten or embedded in our collective memory?

To help us recognise some common characteristics of great films, we’ll explore the essential elements of filmmaking: script, direction, editing, acting and cinematography. And to help us appreciate the diverse forms that great films come in, we’ll look in depth at two acknowledged classics – Citizen Kane and Casablanca. In the process, we’ll also consider other, more unpredictable and elusive, ingredients such as good storytelling, emotional landscaping and visual magic. Everyone welcome.


There will be a short break for lunch at around 1pm; lunch is not provided but the Pallant Café will be open and have a wide range of lunch options available if you would like to stay in the building. Tea and coffee will be provided upon arrival.

American-born and Brighton-based, Richard Cupidi is an experienced art historian, educator and visual storyteller specialising in 20th century American art, art of the Early Renaissance and Film Studies. He has taught, performed and run workshops in a range of settings including Tate Modern, the Barbican, Goldsmiths, Brighton Festival, Lighthouse, Kings College, Chichester Cinema, Sussex University, University of Brighton and the Towner Gallery. As a visual storyteller, he has the ability to make his topics come alive, to entertain as well as inform.