Film: Classic Hollywood in Contemporary Light (Tuition-Free, four-session workshop)

The pantheon of “Great Hollywood Films” has been carved in stone for decades by the once-burgeoning world of film criticism and the endless “Top 100” lists that continue to crowd online journalism. While those lists contain many inarguable masterpieces, a present-day look at Hollywood’s past finds numerous semi-forgotten films that reverberate with urgency on the issues of contemporary life.

We’ll screen four little-seen films that include examinations of North/South tensions, the working life of women, the post Civil War legacy of racism, and patriarchal violence, created by pioneering directors who broke through the “Old Boys Club” fraternity of Hollywood’s Golden Age to create work with refreshingly modern perspectives that bestow upon their films a fresh currency.

Screenings include:

  • THEY WON’T FORGET (1937, d. Mervyn LeRoy)
  • DANCE GIRL DANCE (1940, d. Dorothy Arzner)
  • THE OUTRAGE (1950, d. Ida Lupino)
  • BUCK & THE PREACHER (1972, d. Sidney Poitier)

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.