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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.


Film Appreciation with Shlomo Schwartzberg - What's so Funny About Comedy?

Wednesdays, May 15th to June 5th Four weeks

What's so Funny About Comedy?: Humour in cinema can be very subjective, which may be why it's harder to make a good comedy movie than a film in any other genre. This course will examine why that is, the elements that make a good comedy, and the differences between the various approaches - high comedy and slapstick, for example -that filmmakers have taken in crafting it over the years. From Charlie Chaplin to Britain's Ealing comedies, Monty Python to Tootsie, we'll open up this creature we call comedy and see what makes it tick.


Film Appreciation with Shlomo Schwartzberg - Four Key Filmmakers

Wednesdays, June 19th to July 10th Four weeks

Four Key Filmmakers: It's hard for moviemakers to sustain careers these days, what with the increasing costs of making films and the difficulties in accessing funding for their projects. This series will examine the output of four directors, from four different countries, who are doing just that and making some great movies in the process. Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Roma), British filmmaker Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, Mr. Turner), French director Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, Carlos) and American moviemaker David Fincher (Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) are currently among the most important filmmakers extant. Let's see why that is.


Film Appreciation with Shlomo Schwartzberg - Documentary Cinema: The Opposite of Breaking News

Dedicated to the memory of Kevin Courrier

Wednesdays, July 24th to August 28th Six weeks

Unlike breaking, up to the minute news, documentary cinema, to be most effective, needs a gestation period, often a long one, to make its most salient points clear. Whether it be Ezra Edelman going back to the beginning of O.J. Simpson's career to try to figure out what happened to him later on (O.J. Simpson: Made in America, 2016) or Michael Apted following a group of British boys and girls into adulthood in his acclaimed 'Up' series, whose instalments are filmed every seven years (1964-2019), the best docs often delve deeply into the background of their stories or 'characters' to try to get a handle on why something happened when it did. Others like The Battle of Chile or The Sorrow and the Pity try to make sense of history, either as it happens, or years afterward. In any case, the finest documentaries take their time, even over decades, getting to the point and thus make an indelible, lasting impression in the process.

For more information please contact Andrea Daiam at  [email protected]

Program Type: Education,
Age range: 18 +
Classes Start: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Classes End: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Days of the week: Wednesday
Day Time # of lessons Spots Available Member Value Fee Regular Fee Code
What's so Funny About Comedy? - Wed May 15 - Jun 5 1.00-3.00PM 4 CA$48.00 CA$60.00 AASWFACSU19P
Four Key Filmmakers - Wed Jun 19 - Jul 10 1.00-3.00PM 4 CA$48.00 CA$60.00 AASFKFJSU19P
Documentary Cinema: The Opposite of Breaking News - Wed Jul 24 - Aug 28 1.00-3.00PM 6 CA$72.00 CA$90.00 AASDCOBSU19P


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