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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. 



You Should Have Seen This! Movies That Fell Through the Cracks  


Wednesdays, May 13 - June 03   1:00 - 3:00pm--  4 weeks     


Just because a movie is good, or even great, doesn’t mean it will succeed with the critics or the audience.  Currently, RenéeZellweger is getting raves for her role in Judy as the late actress /singer Judy Garland. But how many people saw her superb turn as a schoolteacher involved with the real life writer Robert E. Howard in the moving love story The Whole Wide World?  Or watched Tommy Lee Jone’s powerful performance as the violent and legendary baseball player Ty Cobb in the movie Cobb? These and other films, from all genres and many countries, will be looked at in an attempt to gauge why some movies seem to be created more equal than others when it comes to exposure and recognition.




The Darkness That is Film Noir 


Wednesdays, June 17 - July 15 -- 1:00 - 3:00pm -- 4 weeks    **No class July 01**


After Americans came back from the Second World War, and with all the horrors they witnessed in Europe, those awakening attitudes ended up manifesting themselves in Hollywood cinema, notably in the dramatic films the French labeled Film Noir. Those movies, mostly from the 40s and 50s, were dark, disturbing and cynical, particularly about relationships between men and women. They were anything but innocent. Those now classic movies, Laura, Double Indemnity, Out of the Past, and others, replete with femme fatales, jaded cops and private eyes and hapless guys in thrall to sexually and emotionally manipulative women, had an impact then and inspired and influenced such later movies as Body Heat and L.A. Confidential.  They were something new in the movies and changed American cinema forever.



Sight & Sound: What Makes a Movie Great? 


Wednesdays, July 22 - August 26 -- 1:00 - 3:00pm -- 6 weeks    


Once a decade, since 1952, Sight & Sound, the prestigious British film magazine, has commissioned a poll in which a group of critics and film professionals pick the hundred best films of all time. The last poll, in 2012, opened up the voting to a much greater, and more diverse, number of critics, with the result that Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo captured the top spot, after 50 years, from Orson Welles’ masterpiece Citizen Kane.  Sight & Sound: What Makes a Movie Great?  examines why this change happened and speculates on both the meaning of what makes a movie great and why, because of critical biases,  certain key films weren’t chosen for the list. And we’ll ask the question, what movies, from the last decade, might end up on the 2022 poll? 


****Free for Members


****Space is Limited

Program Type: Education,
Age range: 18 +
Classes Start: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Classes End: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Day Time # of lessons Spots Available Member Value Fee Regular Fee Code
You Should Have Seen This! Movies That Fell Through the Cracks Wednesdays May 13 - June 03 1:00- 3:00pm 1:00 -3.00pm 4 CA$0.00 CA$72.00 AASFLM1SP20P
The Darkness That is Film Noir Wednesdays June 17 - July 15 1:00- 3:00pm No class July 01 1:00- 3:00pm 4 CA$0.00 CA$72.00 AASFLM2SU20P
Sight & Sound: What Makes a Movie Great? Wednesdays July 22 - August 26 1:00- 3:00pm 1:00- 3:00pm 6 CA$0.00 CA$108.00 AASFLM3SU20P

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