Classic Films for Senior College
Instructor: Chet Day, Art Ray, Peter Ezzy
Fridays • 8 classes • 9/24-11/12 • 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Class size 5-50 students
21 seats remaining
Location: Klahr Center
The course will be held in the Klahr Center Rotunda.
This 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 the participants. Class members are encouraged to suggest movies and lead discussions. The 8 movies for this semester are: Singin’ in the Rain, 1952; City Lights, 1931; Some Like It Hot, 1959; Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975; Going in Style, 1979; A Room with a View, 1985; Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, 2005; and La La Land, 2016.
Text: Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide
Study materials are provided. We accommodate the hearing impaired. classroom
Singin’ in the Rain, 1952, is an American musical romantic comedy film directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds and featuring Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell and Cyd Charisse. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to “talkies”.
The film was only a modest hit when it was first released. O’Connor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Betty Comden and Adolph Green won the Writers Guild of America Award for their screenplay, while Jean Hagen was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. However, it has since been accorded legendary status by contemporary critics, and is often regarded as the greatest musical film ever made, as well as the greatest film made in the “Freed Unit” at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It topped the AFI’s Greatest Movie Musicals list and is ranked as the fifth-greatest American motion picture of all time in its updated list of the greatest American films in 2007. In 1989, Singin’ in the Rain was one of the first 25 films selected by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In 2005 the British Film Institute included it in its list of the 50 films to be seen by the age of 14. In 2008, Empire magazine ranked it as the eighth-best film of all time. In Sight & Sound magazine’s 2012 list of the 50 greatest films of all time, Singin’ in the Rain placed 20th.
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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 four 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 has served on numerous UMASC committees. 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.