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.
Documentary Cinema: The Opposite of Breaking News
Dedicated to the memory of Kevin Courrier
Wednesdays, Jul 24 - Aug 28 6 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.: 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 ocuured as 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.
More Than Maple Syrup: A Look at Canadian Cinema
Wednesdays, Oct 16 - Nov 06 1:00 - 3:00pm 4 weeks
Over the years, Canadian cinema hasn’t made as much of an impression on the world as other national cinemas have. But we do make good movies and many of them, including The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, The Grey Fox, Les Ordres (The Orders), Jésus de Montréal, Last Night, Monsieur Lazhar, Incendies and Rude, among others, can hold their own with the best of them. This film series will examine the recurring themes in Canadian cinema, why Quebecois movies are different (and often better) than their English Canadian counterparts and how the new generation of Canadian moviemakers is bringing wider diversity to our screens.
What's so Funny About Comedy?- Part 2
Wednesdays, Nov 20 - Dec 11 1:00 - 3:00pm 4 weeks
I continue my look at Film Comedy with an examination of Jewish humour on screen (from The Marx Brothers to Sarah Silverman), the continuing influence of the Saturday Night Live crowd on American film comedy, a deeper look at comic greats Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and how comedy is depicted around the world. It may differ from place to place, performer to performer but, ultimately, its goal is to make us laugh. Let’s see how and why that is. Note: you don’t have to have attended the first comedy course to enjoy this one.
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