Associate Professor Lesley Marx, Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town

1969 marked the end of a decade that, for many, certainly in the United States, seemed to have changed the world forever. Flashbacks in the course will explore the short-lived presidency of the glamorous and controversial JFK and the shame of his brother on a narrow bridge in Massachusetts;  the first orbiting of the Earth and the first man on the moon; the idealised world of the Woodstock music festival and its apocalyptic counterpoint at Altamont a few months later;  Elvis’s comeback, the Beatles’ final curtain and their versatile and longer-lived emulators, the Bee Gees. Finally, in the social and political sphere of human and civil rights, the course will focus on the burgeoning voices of those who lived in and with a land that was ‘older than America’: the Sioux, the Kiowa, the Indians of All Tribes.



1. The sense of an ending: From Camelot to Chappaquiddick

2.   Fly me to the moon: The Right Stuff

3.  From Woodstock to Altamont

4.  From Memphis to Abbey Road via Odessa

5.  From Alcatraz to Wounded Knee


Recommended reading

Momaday, N.S. 1968. House Made of Dawn. New York: Harper & Row.

O’ Reilly, B. & Dugard, M. 2012. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Wolfe, T. 1979. The Right Stuff. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.


Recommended viewing

Woodstock, dir. Michael Wadleigh, 1970.

Gimme Shelter, dir. The Maysles brothers, 1970.

The Right Stuff, dir. Philip Kaufman, 1983.

Incident at Oglala, dir. Michael Apted, 1992.



Date: 21 - 25 January
Time: 1.00 pm
COURSE FEES: Full R550.00  Staff and Students R275.00
Venue: LT3 Kramer Law Building UCT