Laughter: The Universal Language.
Eight Films That Will Cure What Ails You
Recipient of the LLS 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The late comic Victor Borge hit the nail of head when he said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Often, it is the best response to a crazy world. But what is considered side-splitting in one era or in one culture may be droll, even incomprehensible in another. In the world of cinema, this is especially true for often, there is a fine line between a comedy and a funny movie. The eight films we will see in this series are all classic comedies that have the added advantage of being funny, ironic, satiric and occasionally just downright silly. So join us, leave your cares at home, and let’s spend a few hours enjoying the magic elixir of laughter. Each film will be introduced by Dr. Stone and after each screening, we will share thoughts, feelings and questions.
1. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spain 1988): A woman’s lover leaves her. She wants to know why; so do his wife and new girlfriend.
2. Kind Hearts and Coronets (England 1949): A poor relative of a duke plans to inherit the title by murdering the 8 heirs who stand between him and his goal.
3. Duck Soup (America 1933): The Marx Brothers run amok in the state of Freedonia, where Groucho (Rufus T. Firefly) becomes president.
4. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (France 1953): in this Gallic masterpiece, Mr. Hulot (Jacque Tati) goes to a seaside resort where he wreaks havoc.
5. The Great Dictator (America 1940): Charles Chaplin’s classic satire on Hitler, Mussolini and anti-Semitism.
6. The Lady Killers (England 1955): 5 oddball criminals decide to rob a bank; they rent rooms from an elderly woman, telling her they are all classical musicians.
7. In the Loop (England 2009): A dizzying tour-de-force as the U.K. Prime Minister and the President decide on whether going to war is a good thing.
8. The General (America 1926): Buster Keaton’s masterpiece; simply the best silent comedy ever made.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Now beginning his 15th year with the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS), Kurt Stone is a best-selling author, essayist, political activist, actor and ordained rabbi. He
calls himself a “Hollywood Brat,” having been born and raised in and around the film industry, and calls his love and knowledge of film “a genetic inheritance.” Dr. Stone is the author of two books on the U.S. Congress and for the past ten years has written more than 450 Op-Ed pieces for his on-line blog, The K.F. Stone Weekly. He is currently working on a new book about the history of Hollywood, entitled In the Land of Mink-Lined Pools.
||7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
||Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 12, 19, 26; March 5
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$68 member / $98 non-member