Classic Films for Senior College
Instructor: Chet Day, Art Ray, Peter Ezzy
Fridays • 9/20-11/15 • 8:30 AM-12:00 NOON • 9 weeks
Class size 6 to 50 students
15 seats remaining
Location: Klahr Center
This 9 week course consists of an analytical and fun discussion group exploring the relative merits of selected top-rated Classic Films as determined by the American Film Institute (AFI), British Film Institute (BFI), and prior classes. Films are critiqued by participants. Class members are encouraged to suggest movies and lead discussions.
The 9 movies for this semester are: Kiss Me Kate, 1953; All Quiet On the Western Front, 1930; Friendly Persuasion, 1956; Moonstruck, 1987; Forrest Gump, 1994; Shawshank Redemption, 1994; Shine, 1996; Finding Forrester, 2000; and Schindler’s List, 1993.
Text and study materials are provided. We accommodate the hearing impaired. Classroom
Kiss Me Kate is a 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name.
Inspired by The Taming of the Shrew, it tells the tale of musical theater actors Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, who were once married, and are now performing opposite each other in the roles of Petruchio and Katherine in a Broadway-bound musical version of William Shakespeare’s play.
Already on poor terms, the pair begin an all-out emotional war mid-performance that threatens the production’s success. The only thing keeping the show together are threats from a pair of gangsters, who have come to collect a gambling debt from the show’s Lucentio, Bill Calhoun. In classic musical comedy fashion, slapstick madness ensues before everything is resolved.
The movie had a mostly positive reception. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times called Kiss Me Kate “one of the year’s more magnificent musical films … a beautifully staged, adroitly acted and really superbly sung affair—better, indeed, if one may say so, than the same frolic was on the stage.” Variety opened its positive review by stating: “Metro’s reputation for turning out top caliber musical pictures is further enhanced with ‘Kiss Me Kate.’ It’s Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ done over in eminently satisfying fashion via a collaboration of superior song, dance and comedy talents.”
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Chet Day has degrees in math, physics, EE/computer science, and business admin. He retired in 1995 from computer communications research for Bell System. Chet is on the UMASC Arts and Presentations Committee and volunteers for UMASC/UMA College of Arts & Sciences Concert Series. He and Deena have 4 grandchildren.
Art Ray is a graduate of the University of Maine in electrical engineering and retired after 35 years at CMP. A student of UMASC since Fall 2003. Art does PowerPoint lectures on art and Maine local history for the Granite Hill/Brown Bag programs.
Peter Ezzy is an early supporter of Maine Senior Colleges and currently serves on the UMA Senior College Curriculum Committee. He recently retired from State service after working in the human services program area for over thirty-three years. He also served as a reserve officer with the Maine Emergency Management Agency. After completing undergraduate and graduate studies at UM at Orono, he served proudly in the USAF. He is also active with the Maine Association of Retirees. He is an avid gardener and outdoorsman.