"Every time I go to a movie it's magic, no matter what the movie is about." STEVEN SPIELBERG
"That's the great thing about movies. You're giving people little tiny pieces of time that they never forget." JIMMY STEWART
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (okay it was Lynbrook, NY in the mid-1950s), Bill Larsen's parents took him to his first movie, and from those first larger-than-life images and sounds, he was mesmerized and hooked. Years later when he journeyed to UT in 1990 to work on a Ph.D. in English, initially he had no idea that his life after high school (he had taught at a suburban Long Island high school for two decades) would provide him the opportunity to examine, write about, teach, and enjoy film every day.
At UT Larsen has won numerous teaching awards; however, the symbiotic sharing of the love for film, teaching, and learning with students at UT time and again have caused him to smile and nod in Intro to Film courses when screening Singin' in the Rain as he and the class heard Lena Lamont say, "if we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, it makes us feel as though our hard work ain't been in vain for nothing.'"
Larsen teaches Introduction to Film Studies 281, Film and American Culture 334, Writing the Screenplay 365, and every so often a Cinema Studies/English Special Topics 489 course Literature Goes to the Movies: Cinematic Adaptations from Literature. He is excited to see the Cinema Studies program expand from just an inter-disciplinary minor to BOTH a minor AND a major, hoping that for students, himself, and his colleagues this new era for Cinema Studies at UT, in the words of Isabelle in Hugo, "might be an adventure, and I've never had one before—outside of books, at least."