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Off the Beaten Path: Overlooked Films of the 1980s

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Close to 900 feature films are released in the United States each year. We may see most of the blockbusters, the Oscar winners, and the indie films that briefly catch fire. However, over the most recent decades there have been scores of fine films that failed to find a wide audience. This study group looks to resurrect the appreciation and enjoyment of a selection of films of this type from the decade of the 1980s. Films like David Mamet’s House of Games; Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors; Steve Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies and Videotape; Italian favorite Cinema Paradiso; and David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone to name a few. These films share a deep investigation of human emotion and motivation, reveal fully developed characters, and present engaging plots that capture the viewers’ attention and engagement. In short, these films are perfect for cinephile OLLI members who enjoy viewing and discussing complex and entertaining fare. The discussions will revolve around each film’s place in film history, the arcs of the major characters, the symbolism, the plot structure, cinematography, lighting and music as well as additional aspects unique to each film. Each participant will be responsible for viewing the week’s selection in advance. The movies can be rented through an online streaming service for a minimal fee or borrowed from the local library. Please join us to enjoy some overlooked gems.

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Paul Hurder2.Theodore Jackanicz 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/9/2020 - 12/9/2020 Weekly - Wed 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Theodore Jackanicz  ; Paul Hurder