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Film Appreciation

Film Appreciation with Shlomo Schwartzberg

Four Influential Jewish Filmmakers and How They Changed American Cinema

Jewish American Filmmakers Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Paul Mazursky and Barry Levinson have made an impact on American culture with their movies. Allen's oeuvre (Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanors) presented a wide ranging but somewhat ambivalent face of Judaism. Brooks (Blazing Saddles, History of the World Part 1), was forthrightly and -in-your-face Jewish. Paul Mazursky (Next Stop Greenwich Village, Moscow on the Hudson) offered generous and affectionate portraits of his community. And Levinson (Diner, The Humbling) while slow to deal explicity with Jewish themes at the at the outset of his career has come around to doing so over the years. We will look at various of their films to see what messages they proffered and how American cinema was altered by the Jewish images they have brought to the big screen.

Wednesdays, March 7- March 28, 1.00-3.00PM, 4 weeks

Cinema vs.History: Examining the "Truth" About Fact-Based Movies
 There are very few movies based on real events that don’t “fudge,” omit, or change some of their historical details. But are the changes made to better the film dramatically, as is sometimes the case, or are they more pernicious than that? This course will look at the “adjustments” that have been made to any number of fact-based films, from Malcolm X to Hidden Figures, Lawrence of Arabia to The Untouchables and others, including bio-pics, historical epics, and heroic adventure tales. From the countless movies about the Hollywood blacklist that downplay or elide the real communist influence in Tinseltown in the 40’s and 50’s and the repressive tactics practiced by the Hollywood Ten themselves, to deliberately inaccurate films like Mississippi Burning which simply lied by presenting the FBI as fighters for the civil rights of African Americans in the 60’s, which was hardly the case, this course will illuminate the real facts behind the movies that promise to tell the truth.

Wednesdays, Apr.18-May 23, 1.00-3.00PM,  6 weeks

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

Program Type: Education,
Age range: 18 +
Classes Start: Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Classes End: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Days of the week: Wednesday
Day Time # of lessons Spots Available Member Value Fee Regular Fee Code
Four Influential Jewish Filmmakers and How They Changed American Cinema, Wednesdays, Mar.7-Mar.28 1.00-3.00PM 4 CA$48.00 CA$60.00 AASFAS4SP18P
Cinema vs. History: Examining the “Truth” About Fact-Based Movies, Wednesdays, Apr.18-May 23 1.00-3.00PM 6 CA$72.00 CA$90.00 AASFAS1SP18P
American Cinema’s Last Golden Age: The Movies Grow Up, Wednesdays, June 6-July 11 1.00-3.00PM 6 CA$72.00 CA$90.00 AASFAS2SP18P
The Social Cinema of Sidney Lumet: Intelligent Art and Meticulous Craft, Wednesdays, July 25-Aug.15 1.00-3.00PM 4 CA$48.00 CA$60.00 AASFAS3SU18P

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