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Classic Films for Senior College

Instructor: UMASC Classic Films Committee

Fridays (plus Thursday 4/4) • 10 classes • 3/22-5/24 • 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

Class size 5-50 students
4 seats remaining
Location: Klahr Center Rotunda

In this fun course, coordinated by the UMASC Classic Films Committee, students will view 10 diverse films. Each class will have a presenter who will lead an energized discussion of the film’s pros and cons with the other class members.

There will be a pizza party following the last class on Friday, May 24.

All films are closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

10 Featured Films:

Finian’s Rainbow, 1968, is a musical fantasy film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Fred Astaire and Petula Clark. The screenplay by E. Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy is based on their 1947 stage musical of the same name. An international co-production of Ireland and the United States, the film follows an Irishman and his daughter who steal a leprechaun’s magic pot of gold and emigrate to the U.S., where they become involved in a dispute between rural landowners and a greedy, racist U.S. senator.

The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and a Writers Guild of America Award.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

About Time, 2013, is a romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written and directed by Richard Curtis, and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy. The film is about a young man with the ability to time travel who tries to change his past in hopes of improving his future. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 4 September 2013. The film received mixed reviews from critics. At the box office, it grossed $87.1 million against a $12 million budget. The film was dedicated to actor Richard Griffiths, who died a few months before the film’s release, marking his final film appearance.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Life Is Beautiful, 1997, is an Italian comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni, who co-wrote the film with Vincenzo Cerami. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian bookshop owner, who employs his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp. The film was partially inspired by the book In the End, I Beat Hitler by Rubino Romeo Salmonì and by Benigni’s father, who spent two years in a German labour camp during World War II.

The film was a critical and financial success. It grossed over $230 million worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing non-English language movies of all time,[4] and received widespread acclaim (despite some criticisms of using the subject matter for comedic purposes). It won the Grand Prix at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, nine David di Donatello Awards (including Best Film), five Nastro d’Argento Awards in Italy, two European Film Awards, and three Academy Awards (including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor for Benigni).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Strangers in Good Company (Original Canadian title: The Company of Strangers; French title: Le Fabuleux gang des sept) is a 1990 Canadian film directed by Cynthia Scott and written by Scott, Sally Bochner, David Wilson and Gloria Demers. The film depicts eight women on a bus tour, who are stranded at an isolated cottage when the bus breaks down.

Created in a genre defined as docufiction, semi-documentary/semi-fiction, the film is not tightly scripted. The writers wrote a basic story outline but allowed the eight women to improvise their dialogue. Each of the women, all but one of whom were senior citizens, told stories from her own life. A major theme of the film is how the elderly women each face aging and mortality in their own way, and find the courage together to persevere.

At various points throughout the film, a montage of photos from each woman’s life is shown.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fantasia ,1940, is an American animated musical anthology film produced by Walt Disney Productions, with story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer and production supervision by Walt Disney and Ben Sharpsteen. It consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski, seven of which are performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Music critic and composer Deems Taylor acts as the film’s Master of Ceremonies who introduces each segment in live action.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Intouchables, 2011, is a French buddy comedy-drama film written and directed by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. It stars François Cluzet and Omar Sy. The movie is about a quadriplegic Philippe (François Cluzet) and his caretaker and later best friend Driss (Omar Sy) going on adventures throughout Paris while Philippe is going through challenges of being quadriplegic. Nine weeks after its release, the film became the second biggest box office hit in France.


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A Thousand Clowns, 1965, is an American comedy-drama film directed by Fred Coe and starring Jason Robards, Barbara Harris, Martin Balsam, and Barry Gordon. An adaptation of a 1962 play by Herb Gardner, it tells the story of an eccentric comedy writer who is forced to conform to society to retain legal custody of his nephew.

Jason Robards starred in both the original Broadway version and in the film. Martin Balsam won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the movie.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Festival of Troubadours, 2022, is a Turkish film about a an unexpected reunion between a traveling musician and his son that opens old wounds as the two set out on a long journey to a troubadour festival.

“Like all Özcan Alper films, this is a quiet, reflective film that deviates from the mainstream. Don’t expect fuss or thrills. Immerse yourself in a pensive journey with Yusuf and Heves Ali, masterfully acted by Kivanç Tatlitug and Settar Tanriögen, and let the tears flow. The cinematography is also stunning and the folk music is beautiful. The film’s theme is summarised towards the end … it is not always about happy endings or problem resolutions … even when time is running out, it is often difficult to open up and resolve deep rooted relationship issues and overcome deep seated hurt. A beautiful film that should be watched.”

Review by annasirmoglou, IMDb

The Blues Brothers, 1980, is an American musical action comedy film directed by John Landis. It stars John Belushi as “Joliet” Jake Blues and Dan Aykroyd as his brother Elwood, characters developed from the recurring musical sketch “The Blues Brothers” on NBC’s variety series Saturday Night Live. The script is set in and around Chicago, Illinois, where it was filmed, and the screenplay is by Aykroyd and Landis. It features musical numbers by rhythm and blues (R&B), soul, and blues singers James Brown, Cab Calloway (in his final feature film role), Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, and John Lee Hooker. It features non-musical supporting performances by Carrie Fisher, Henry Gibson, Charles Napier, Kathleen Freeman and John Candy.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942, is an American biographical musical film about George M. Cohan, known as “The Man Who Owned Broadway”. It stars James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, and Richard Whorf, and features Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, and Vera Lewis. Joan Leslie’s singing voice was partially dubbed by Sally Sweetland.

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