Film Appreciation with Shlomo Schwartzberg
American Cinema's Last Golden Age: The Movies Grow UP
From the late 60s to late 70s, Hollywood and American cinema entered a new golden age, not seen since the 1930s. It was a time when powerful outside cultural currents forced Hollywood to take chances, allowing new directors ( Scorsese, Coppola, Spielberg, Altman) to take control of the movies, prominently ethnic actors (Hoffman, Pacino, De Niro, Streisand) to strand before the camera and previously taboo subject matter (homosexuality, sexual freedom, urban violence) to be dealt with more frankly on screen than ever before. The films from that period, The Godfather, The Godfather, Part 2, Taxi Driver, Jaws, Nashville, Badlands, and many others, are deserved, ground breaking classics. It was a time when even the lesser movies (Rancho Deluxe, Scarecrow) had something adult and fresh to offer. This course will examine why Hollywood grew up, what the movies from that time said about America and why the creative candle was all too quickly snuffed out. In today's dismal, lacklustre movie climate, its lessons are one we can’t afford to forget.
Wednesdays, June 6- July 11, 1.00-3.00PM, 6 weeks
The Social Cinema of Sidney Lumet: Intelligent Art and Meticulous Craft
Standing out from the pack, the films of Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, The Pawnbroker, Network) displayed a social conscience) that still reverberates today, in the Occupy Wall Street movement and in the corridors of political power. His films trenchantly examined the always timely issues of conscience, honour, idealism, corruption, conformity and race and ethnic relations. A quintessential New Yorker, Lumet's films were edgy, urban and quick but never superficial. His nuanced, smart and provocative films, which also include Fail-Safe, Serpico, Daniel, The Verdict and Prince of the City, mattered then and still matter now. Intelligent Art and Meticulous Craft will bring the films of Lumet and his contemporaries into sharp, relevant focus.
Wednesdays, July 25-Aug.15, 1.00-3.00PM, 4 weeks
Alternate Cinema: Imagining Movies, Actors, and Filmmakers that Made a Different Impact
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.
Wednesdays, Oct.10-Nov.14, 1.00-3.00PM, 6 weeks
Israel at 70: Cinematic Reflections
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.
Wednesdays, Nov.28- Dec.19, 1.00-3.00PM, 4 weeks
Altering Realities: As Society Evolves, so do the Movies
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.
Wednesdays, Jan.16-Feb.20,1.00-3.00PM, 6 weeks
Jewish Issues on Film: Changing and Complex Portraits
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.
Wednesdays, Mar.6-Apr.10, 1.00-3.00PM, 6 weeks
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