FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Kurt F. Stone, D.D.

Kurt F. Stone, D.D., is now beginning his 16th year with LLS and his passion for film is, he says, “genetic,” having been born in Hollywood, CA and raised both in and around the movie industry. A graduate of the University of California (B.A.), the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Hebrew Union College (M.A.H.L. and D.D.), Kurt is the best-selling author of two books on the United States Congress and is currently hard at work on a new book about the history of Hollywood. A much sought-after lecturer, occasional actor and ordained rabbi, his political op-ed column “The K.F. Stone Weekly” has, over the past decade, developed an international following.

Reel Women
Six Acclaimed Female Directors

With a few notable exceptions, the vast majority of film directors have been men. Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968) was the first woman film director. Her 1896 short, La Fée aux Choux — “The Cabbage Fairy” is generally considered to be the first ever fiction film. By 1910, Blaché had moved from her native France to America, where she built and ran her own movie studio in Ft. Lee, New Jersey. She would go on to direct more than 400 films. Since her day, a relatively small number of women have broken through the glass ceiling and succeeded in what has long been a man’s world.

This course will introduce six notable exceptions – women whose skills and vision are the equal of any man who ever cried out “Action!” Each class will begin with a brief biography of the week’s director, followed by the screening of what, in Dr. Stone’s opinion, is their best — or most representative — work. As always, after the screening, the class will engage in what hopefully will be an in-depth discussion.

Six Lectures
  1. Lois Weber (1879–1939) — The only woman to become a successful director during the silent era, Weber produced films of social import, dealing with themes ranging from alcoholism and drug addiction to prostitution. We will view Weber’s 1921 silent masterpiece, TOO WISE WIVES.
  2. Dorothy Arzner (1897–1979) — The only successful woman director during Hollywood’s “Golden Age,” Arzner populated her films with strong independent women such as Rosalind Russell in her 1936 film CRAIG’S WIFE.
  3. Ida Lupino (1918–1995) — A highly successful actress, Lupino made the transition to being an equally successful director of film noir and message pictures, such as her 1950 film OUTRAGE, which dealt with the then-taboo subject of rape.
  4. Sofia Coppola (1971– ) — Daughter of the legendary Francis Ford Copolla, Sofia is a chip off the old block. Her 2003 drama LOST IN TRANSLATION takes an extraordinary look into the nature of relationships.
  5. Jane Campion (1954– ) — The New Zealand-born Campion is one of her generation’s most acclaimed directors – and one of the few women to be nominated for an Academy Award. Her 1989 film SWEETIE presents a marvelous look at sisters, family ... and life.
  6. Lone Scherfig (1959– ) — The Danish-born Scherfig is a genius when it comes to getting under the character’s skin to reveal the impulses of good and evil. 2009’s AN EDUCATION is a coming-of-age tale which takes place in 1960s London.
Course # S6M5 — Six Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Mondays — March 24, 31, April 7, 28; May 5, 12 No Class April 14 and 21
  Time:7:00–8:30 p.m.
  Fee:$51/member; $76/non-member