Woody Allen
Art and Love in his Films
Gerald Sim

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Woody Allen is one of the most prodigious and important American film directors of the last four decades. His work can be simultaneously funny, touching, and philosophical. This one-time lecture seeks to reflect on what Allen's films tell us about the director's view of American culture and society. At climactic moments in many of Allen’s films, his protagonists are often massively disappointed. These idealistic characters are betrayed by their true loves, people in whom Allen has entrusted complete faith in art, and art’s power to inspire passion and worldly beauty. Together, we will examine a variety of scenes from several of his films -- including Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), and others -- so that we can reveal his innermost beliefs, and understand how those values continue to be important to his more recent movies like Midnight in Paris (2011). The lecture will be supported by numerous illustrative film clips. It will be followed by a discussion and question/answer session. Participants will attain a deeper understanding of Woody Allen's filmmaking from many eras and genres.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Gerald Sim is Associate Professor of film studies in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at FAU. His writing has been published by seven different film journals, and his first book is due out this summer. He teaches a variety of courses in film history and theory, including a course on film comedy that explores the theory of humor, and historical topics such as the Jewish and African-American comedy traditions. He was interviewed about Woody Allen on the podcast "Filmspotting" (formerly known as "Cinecast" and airing on Chicago's NPR affiliate), and was recently invited to lecture about the director at the Johnson County (Iowa) Senior Center, where he will speak again this March about the theory of comedy. He earned his Ph.D. in film studies at the University of Iowa, and also holds a B.S. in biology from Duke University.

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of seven events
Door price member/non-member - $25