Agonies and Ecstasies - The Cinema of Love
Shelly Isaacs

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Since the silver screen shed its light upon the world, tales of love and romance have continued to attract audiences. Love may not conquer all, but no matter the language they speak, men and women have been locked in an eternal struggle that has provided humankind with much to ponder.
1. Names of Love – France – 2010:  A young, extroverted left-wing activist who sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause is successful until she meets her match.
2. The Man Without A Past – Finland - 2002:  A strange comedy about man in Helsinki who’s memory is beaten out of him. He then puts his life back together with the help of a Salvation Army worker.
3. The Widow of St Pierre – France/Canada 2000:  A fact-based story of revenge and redemption, fear and forgiveness, and the true meaning of love.
4. Young Goethe In Love – Germany - 2011:  After aspiring poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe fails his law exams, he's sent to a sleepy provincial court. While there he falls for Lotte, a young woman who is promised to another man.
5. The Tango Lesson – England/France/Argentina – 1997:  A film director finds herself “blocked,” meets a tango dancer, and falls into a relationship that will change her life.
6. The Girl On The Bridge – France – 1999:  It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows. Out of nowhere someone takes an interest in her. 
7. The Road Home – China - 1999:  Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how his parents met and fell in love.
8. Elsa And Fred - Spain – 2005:  A retired 77-year old hypochondriac widower moves next door to Elsa, a reckless force of nature who will take him out of his shell.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Shelly Isaacs is known for his Cafe Cinematheque and Senses of Cinema programs available in theatres throughout South Florida.  He has enjoyed a career as a creative director/writer in advertising, spanning over 30 years, with an emphasis on film, TV and radio production.  Shelly holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he served as an Adjunct Professor in graduate-level Cultural Studies. Presently, he teaches foreign-language film appreciation in the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) at Florida ​Atlantic University (FAU)​ – Boca Raton. Since 2004, he has been the curator and host for the International Film Series at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. In 2009, Shelly launched Cinematheque at Sea, offering audiences who appreciate foreign-language film an opportunity to experience his program of specially-selected films while on a luxury cruise.

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Mondays, January 13, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member