FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Benito Rakower, Ed.D.

Film Appreciation

Benito Rakower, Ed.D., was educated at Queens College and Harvard University, where he received a doctorate in English. Before getting his degree at Harvard, Dr. Rakower was trained professionally at the piano in German Baroque and French repertoire.

A Grand Sweep in Film
Eight Films of Enduring and Unusual Excellence

Film, even more than literature, has the power to rivet our attention on real or imaginary worlds. These eight films carry us to locales as varied as a seedy border town and a futuristic world in which robots resemble human beings — some quite beautiful.

Eight Films
  1. "Rebecca" (1940) — Joan Fontaine marries an impulsive Laurence Olivier and finds herself contending with the memory of his former wife. A classic film that explores the way in which the past can dominate the present.
  2. "The Apartment" (1960) — Billy Wilder’s classic comedy about a man who rises in the corporate world by lending his apartment to others for trysts. Sublime performances from Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray, and Shirley MacLaine.
  3. "Dial M for Murder" (1954) — One of Grace Kelly’s most subdued and appealing roles as a woman married to a self-centered former tennis player. The suavely, villainous husband plans her murder after he discovers she has fallen in love with another man.
  4. "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940) — Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. This film is considered to be the best romantic comedy ever made. Jimmy Stewart and the inimitable Margaret Sullivan are contentious rivals working in a Budapest leather goods shop. Their often bitter exchanges mask an unwitting attraction. A film of incandescent charm and irresistible emotional appeal.
  5. "Blade Runner" (1982) — This brilliantly made science-fiction film stars Harrison Ford as a police officer tracking down rebellious robots who aspire to be human beings.
  6. "The Heiress" (1949) — One of the great film adaptations from literature. Handsome Montgomery Clift courts a plain, shy, awkward but wealthy Olivia de Havilland. When she understands the truth of the situation, De Havilland loses her shyness and becomes an unswervingly vindictive woman.
  7. "The Killing" (1954) — Kubrick’s tautly constructed presentation of a carefully planned “heist” seen from different perspectives. All of them occur at the same time. An unusual film innovation. Sterling Hayden at his best.
  8. "The King’s Speech" (2010) — The emotionally uplifting story of a man who overcomes an impediment when civilization and history demand it. A beautiful film that gives meaning to the phrase, “rising to the occasion.”
Course # F8F6 — Full 8 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Fridays — October 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12, 19 — No Class November 28
  Time:1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  Fee:$73 / member; $103 / non-member
Course # F4F7 — Last 4 weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Fridays — November 21; December 5, 12, 19 — No Class November 28
  Time:1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  Fee:$39 / member; $59 / non-member