Depictions of political contests, government intrigues and the challenges faced by elected officials
all made for several excellent movies during the Classic Era. Many talented screenwriters and
directors explored the political arena with wit, solid characterizations, good-natured humor and
a few genuine insights into the lives of historical figures such as Abe Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson,
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, Mayor Jimmie Walker of New York and many
others. This seminar will focus on some of the best examples of Hollywood’s attention (national,
local and international) to the politics and personalities of those earlier days in the national
memory. Both historical and fictional accounts within this genre will be considered and evaluated,
not only for their glimpses into political history but also for their intrinsic worth as quality products
of the Golden Age of Film.


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 12th year
teaching Björklunden seminars.

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Date: 
Sunday, September 27, 2020 to Friday, October 2, 2020
Fee(s): 
$950 - Double; $1,230 - Single; $475 - Commuter
Topic(s): 
Television & Film