In six films and the texts from which they are adapted, we’ll deal with the many dimensions of family life, its challenges, crises, and conflicts, as well as its joyful experiences. There’s comedy, mystery, drama, and romance. Our outstanding, Academy Award-winning films include: You Can’t Take It With You: love triumphs when an eccentric family follows its dreams; My Cousin Rachel: young English heir obsesses over a mysterious beauty who may be the murderer of his benefactor; To Kill A Mockingbird: a small town Southern lawyer defends a black man and provides invaluable life lessons for his children; Hud: a bitter conflict between a principled rancher and his heedless son erupts over a cattle crisis; The Lion In Winter: a royal family squabbles over the successor to the British throne on Christmas Eve; The Descendants: in Hawaii, a man’s unfaithful wife dies, rendering him simultaneously a single parent and the decider of his family’s fortune. The study group structure consists of a three-hour session where we first discuss the text, then see the film. The following week is a two-hour discussion of the film’s adaptation. Texts consist of two plays, a novella and three short novels. The coordinators will provide the readings.