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Film Appreciation

Film Appreciation with Shlomo Schwartzberg 

The Film Appreciation program aims to examine all facets of cinema, Jewish and non- Jewish, and explore different issues related to film, such as representation, history and relevance to current issues in society. You will be introduced to various films and filmmakers you may not know and, hopefully, come to view movies in a whole new light.


Alternate Cinema: Imagining Movies, Actors, and Filmmakers that Made a Different Impact

Wednesdays, Oct 10th to Nov 14th  Six weeks

Why aren’t filmmakers Jan Troell, Noah Baumbach, and Philip Kaufman as well-known as directors Ingmar Bergman, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Spielberg, despite an equally stellar body of work to their name? How come actors Jessica Lange, Angelica Houston, and Emily Watson, despite some praise and recognition, are still not considered in the same class as Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and Judi Dench? Why haven’t you likely heard of The End of the Tour, The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, Of Gods and Men, White Oleander, Devil in a Blue Dress or Metroland, some of the very best movies of the last twenty years? In an alternate cinematic universe, these directors, actors and films would be among the best known and most lauded in their fields. But in ours, they’re either unknown or severely underrated. We’ll examine why that is and introduce, or reacquaint you, with talents that deserve much better than they’ve gotten.



Israel at 70: Cinematic Reflections

Wednesdays, Nov 28th to Dec 19th Four weeks

In recent years, Israeli films such as Walk on Water, Broken Wings, The Syrian Bride, Close to Home, Lebanon, Late Marriage, Sweet Mud and Fill the Void have testified to the breadth and depth of a country that is much more than the conflict-ridden place it is usually portrayed as being in the media.  And as the country celebrates its 70th year, those movies and many others continue to make a significant impact on the country’s firmament. From social portraits of women, immigrants, Israeli Arabs and religious Jews to the political films about the Israeli - Palestinian struggle, Israeli movies evince a serious and thought-provoking look at the vital issues that concern the country and reveal, as well, the output of one of the world’s more vigorous and consistent national cinemas. Newer Israeli films such as Cupcakes, The Women’s Balcony, Atomic Falafel, Baba Joon, Big Bad Wolves, Mr. Gaga, and Foxtrot will be featured in this updated course as well as new clips from classic movies, too.


Altering Realities: As Society Evolves, so do the Movies

Wednesdays, Jan 16th to Feb 20th Six weeks

In much the same way as gay marriage and legal marijuana were an unimaginable reality just a few years ago, the movies have also had to change with the times and often quickly altering mores.  Altering Realities will look at how American movies have depicted issues like feminism, class, business and capitalism, patriotism, crime and race relations over the years, sometimes ahead of the societal curve, sometimes behind, but in the end always forced to reckon with the public’s’ often quicksilver beliefs and mindset. From the forward-thinking gender balanced comedies of the 30s to the starting and provocative examinations of gender fluidity today, we’ll find out why that has come to be and what it says about the importance of cinema as a facet of and influence on American life.


Jewish Issues on Film: Changing and Complex Portraits

Wednesdays, March 6th to April 10th Six weeks

This course will examine how issues pertinent to the Jewish community, including support for Israel to the effects of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism to inter-faith and inter-religious relationships, and others, have been portrayed in movies from America and around the world.  From Exodus to Les Patriotes, A Stranger Among Us to Keeping the Faith, Angry Harvest to The Pawnbroker, we’ll also look at how those depictions have changed over the years and what they often reveal about the Jewish (and sometimes non-Jewish) creators and stars of these often famous and  iconic films.

Program Type: Education,
Age range: 18 +
Classes Start: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Classes End: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Days of the week: Wednesday
Day Time # of lessons Spots Available Member Value Fee Regular Fee Code
Alternate Cinema: Imagining Movies, Actors, and Filmmakers that Made a Different Impact Wednesdays Oct.10-Nov.14 1.00-3.00PM 6 CA$72.00 CA$90.00 AASFAS5FA18P
Israel at 70: Cinematic Reflections Wednesdays Nov.28-Dec.19 1.00-3.00PM 4 CA$48.00 CA$60.00 AASFAS6FA18P
Altering Realities: As Society Evolves, so do the Movies Wednesdays Jan.16-Feb.20 1.00-3.00PM 6 CA$72.00 CA$90.00 AASFAS7WI19P
Jewish Issues on Film: Changing and Complex Portraits Wednesdays Mar.6-Apr.10 1.00-3.00PM 6 CA$72.00 CA$90.00 AASFAS8WI19P


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