The late comic Victor Borge hit the nail on the 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 view in this course 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 behind, and let’s spend a couple of hours enjoying the magic elixir of laughter. Each film will begin with an introduction by Dr. Stone. Following each screening, we will share thoughts, feelings and questions.
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.
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.
Duck Soup (America 1933) — The Marx Brothers run amok in the state of Freedonia, where Groucho (Rufus T. Firefly) becomes president.
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (France 1953) — Mr. Hulot (Jacques Tati) goes to a seaside resort where he wreaks havoc; a Gallic masterpiece.
The Great Dictator (America 1940) — Charlie Chaplin’s classic satire on Hitler, Mussolini and anti-Semitism.
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.
In the Loop (England 2009) — A dizzying tour-de-farce as the U.K. Prime Minister and the President decide on whether going to war is a good thing.
The General (America 1926) — Buster Keaton’s masterpiece about a simple railroad engineer trying to save his train -- and his girl – during the Civil War. Quite simply, the best silent comedy ever made.
Course # W8M7 — Eight Weeks
Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Mondays — Jan. 13, 27; Feb. 3,17, 24; March 3, 10, 17; NO CLASS ON JAN. 20 AND FEB. 10