Classic Films for Senior College
Instructor: Chet Day, Art Ray, Peter Ezzy
Fridays • 8 classes – 3/19-5/7 • 9:00 AM
Class size 5-50 students
28 seats remaining
This 8-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 8 movies for this semester are: Show Boat, 1953; Modern Times, 1936; The Big Sleep, 1946; The Black Narcissus, 1947; Tootsie, 1982; E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982; AMISTAD, 1997; and Life is Beautiful, 1997.
Please note, because this is an online course, the picture quality will vary depending on Zoom, your internet service, and your computer. Reading the closed captions may be an issue.
Study materials will be emailed prior to each class. Accommodations made for the hearing impaired.Classroom
Show Boat, 1951, is an American musical romantic comedy-drama film, based on the stage musical of the same name by Jerome Kern (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (script and lyrics), and the 1926 novel by Edna Ferber. It was made by MGM, adapted for the screen by John Lee Mahin, produced by Arthur Freed and directed by George Sidney.
Filmed previously in 1929 and in 1936, this third adaptation of Show Boat was shot in Technicolor in the typical MGM lavish style. The film stars Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, and Howard Keel, with Joe E. Brown, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, William Warfield, Robert Sterling, Agnes Moorehead and Leif Erickson. Unlike the 1936 film, none of the members of the original Broadway cast of the show appeared in this version.
The 1951 Show Boat was the most financially successful of the film adaptations of the show: one of MGM’s most popular musicals, it was the third-most profitable film of that year.
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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 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.