Classic Films, Classic Performances

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The seminar will focus on iconic performances within several great films of the classic era, with some comparative attention to the more modern age of film acting.   The class will spotlight actresses and actors in both leading and supporting roles in memorable and enduring movies. Participants will examine the screenwriting, directing, musical scoring, editing, cinematography, and other production components which contributed to the artistic efforts of the legendary performers who made major film roles noteworthy. The course will include examples from a variety of film genres to help seminar participants come to a better appreciation of the strength and effectiveness of performances that received critical attention in their day and that continue to resonate with contemporary audiences.

Jack Rhodes received his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Texas at Austin and later became interested in communication and film studies.  His principal academic assignments were at Colorado College, the University of Utah, and Miami University (Ohio), where he taught the graduate course on Rhetoric of Film for several years.  Rhodes also served as chair of the Department of Communication at Miami and retired as executive director of Miami's regional campus in Hamilton, Ohio.  He is the author of three books and several scholarly articles and has recently concentrated his research and lecturing on the rhetoric of film genres.  This will be his ninth year teaching Björklunden seminars.


Sunday, August 27, 2017 to Friday, September 1, 2017
$840 double; $1,120 single; $415commuter
Film & Theatre

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