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2023 Spring

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Classic Films for Senior College

Instructor: UMASC Classic Films Committee

Fridays • 9 classes • 3/17-5/12 • 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

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

This course, coordinated by the UMASC Classic Films Committee, consists of an analytical and fun discussion group exploring the merits of classic films selected by recent class members. They critique the films, considering information provided by the American Film Institute (AFI), British Film Institute (BFI), the Academy, and top internet sites. Each class member is encouraged to lead a discussion of a favorite movie the following semester. There are 9 movies featured this semester.

The first film, The Three Amigos, has been selected as a tribute to our own amazing “tree amigos”. Chet Day, Peter Ezzy, and Art Ray, who for over 20 years were able to present enthusiastic classic classes for UMASC members.

All films are closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

9 Featured Films:


Three Amigos (stylized as ¡Three Amigos!), 1986, is an American Western comedy film directed by John Landis, written by Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman (who also wrote the film’s songs), and starring Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Alfonso Arau, Tony Plana, and Patrice Martinez. It is the story of three silent film stars who are mistaken for real heroes by the suffering people of a small Mexican village. The actors must find a way to live up to their reputation and stop a malevolent bandit.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fargo, 1996, is a black comedy crime film written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant Minnesota police chief investigating a triple homicide that takes place after a desperate car salesman (William H. Macy) hires two criminals (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife in order to extort a hefty ransom from her wealthy father (Harve Presnell). The film was an American–British co-production.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Little Big Man, 1970, is an American Western film directed by Arthur Penn and based on the 1964 novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. While broadly categorized as a western, or an epic, the film encompasses several literary/film genres, including comedy, drama and adventure. The film follows the life of a white man who was raised by members of the Cheyenne nation during the 19th century. The film is largely concerned with contrasting the lives of American pioneers and Native Americans throughout the progression of the boy’s life. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Chief Dan George, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam, Jeff Corey and Richard Mulligan.

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The Sting, 1973, is an American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) to con a mob boss (Robert Shaw). The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had directed Newman and Redford in the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Created by screenwriter David S. Ward, the story was inspired by real-life cons perpetrated by brothers Fred and Charley Gondorff and documented by David Maurer in his 1940 book The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Flashback, 1990, is an American adventure comedy film starring Dennis Hopper, Kiefer Sutherland, and Carol Kane. The film is written by David Loughery and directed by Franco Amurri.

Huey Walker (Dennis Hopper) is a hippie and a former New Left radical (in the vein of Abbie Hoffman) who has been on the run from the law for 20 years for something he did not do, disconnecting Spiro Agnew’s train car in Spokane, Washington. John Buckner (Kiefer Sutherland) is an FBI agent who is set to transport Walker back to Spokane for trial.

Their journey forces them to cross paths with a corrupt Sheriff Hightower and the two end up fleeing for their lives. As the story progresses, it is revealed that Buckner was raised on a communal farm and that his given name is Free. As Buckner learns to reconcile his past with his present, Walker does as well.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pat and Mike, 1952, is an American romantic comedy film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The movie was written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, and directed by George Cukor. Cukor directed The Philadelphia Story (1940) with Hepburn, and Cukor, Gordon and Kanin teamed with Hepburn and Tracy again for Adam’s Rib (1949). Gordon and Kanin were nominated for the 1952 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for their work on Pat and Mike. (They had been similarly honored for Adam’s Rib.)

Hepburn was nominated in the Best Actress category at the 10th Golden Globe Awards, while Ray was nominated for “New Star of the Year”.

Critically and commercially unsuccessful when first released, the film eventually developed a cult following, and first made a profit in 1983. The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1997, and was ranked number 45 on the American Film Institute list of 100 funniest movies of all time in 2000. The Criterion Collection released a special edition Blu-ray and DVD in 2012.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Taxi Driver
, 1976, is an American psychological thriller drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by Paul Schrader, and starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Leonard Harris, and Albert Brooks. Set in a decaying and morally bankrupt New York City following the Vietnam War, the film follows Travis Bickle (De Niro), a veteran working as a taxi driver, and his deteriorating mental state as he works nights in the city.

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King of Hearts (original French title: Le Roi de cœur), 1966, is a French/Italian international co-production comedy-drama film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Alan Bates and Geneviève Bujold.

The film is set in a small town in France near the end of World War I. As the Imperial German Army retreats, they booby trap the whole town to explode. The locals flee and, left to their own devices, a gaggle of cheerful lunatics escape the asylum and take over the town — thoroughly confusing the lone Scottish soldier who has been dispatched to defuse the bomb.

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High Society, 1956, is an American musical romantic comedy film directed by Charles Walters and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra. The film was produced by Sol C. Siegel for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and shot in VistaVision and Technicolor, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter.

The film is a musical remake of the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story which was based on the 1939 play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry. High Society’s screenplay was written by John Patrick and involves a successful popular jazz musician (Crosby) who tries to win back the affections of his ex-wife (Kelly), who is preparing to marry another man. The cast also features Celeste Holm, John Lund, and Louis Calhern, in his final film, with a musical contribution by Louis Armstrong. The film was Kelly’s last professional appearance before she married Prince Rainier III and became Princess consort of Monaco.

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UMASC Classic Films Committee

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