Join Noted Film Programmer and Instructor Elliot Lavine on Saturday mornings April 6 - June 15

Dates
April 6 - June 15, 2019
No class on Saturday, May 25
April 6, 2019
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
April 13, 2019
Top Hat (1935)
April 20, 2019
Blues in the Night (1941)
April 27, 2019
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
May 4, 2019
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
May 11, 2019
The Band Wagon (1953)
May 18, 2019
American Hot Wax (1978)
June 1, 2019
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
June 8, 2019
Absolute Beginners (1986; Great Britain)
June 15, 2019
Young Girls of Rochefort (1967; France)
Delivery
In-Person on Saturdays
11:00 AM PST
Cinema 21 Theatre
616 NW 21st Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Cost
$129
Must pay for entire ten-week course. No individual tickets will be sold.
Contact
PACE@oregonstate.edu
541-737-4197

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Film critics have often been baffled by musicals, hesitant to anoint them as "serious cinema" but careful not to ignore their enormous popular appeal. Consequently, musicals have had a more difficult time finding their true place in film history. Could musicals actually be the subversive equal of film noir with camouflaged messages that run contrary to the brightly colorful and madly tuneful images and stories they present? The short answer is maybe, but it is the longer, perhaps more interesting answer that this exciting exploration of film musicals will address, namely juggling cinematic significance with out-and-out entertainment value.

Focusing on TEN classic, influential (and in some cases seldom seen) musicals, this ambitious film studies course will open new doors of perception in the quest for deeper meanings in the films we watch. Spanning an amazing six decades, these films reflect the shifting styles and concerns of filmmaking as well as providing a fascinating panorama of the fluctuating attitudes of their times as it all relates to the musical film. From the Depression-ridden 30s, through the candy-colored MGM-dominated 40s and 50s into the freewheeling 60s and beyond, this course is designed to send the audience back into the world singing, dancing, and--above all--thinking and feeling.

The films viewed and discussed in class feature some of the most iconic and mesmerizing performances in screen history--from Fred Astaire to Judy Garland, to Chuck Berry and David Bowie--and highlights the work of the industry's most gifted directors and choreographers (Busby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli, Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, Jacques Demy and others), while being aided and abetted by the 20th century's most gifted composers and lyricists. And all presented on the BIG screen at Cinema 21 in Portland.

Instructor Elliot Lavine

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Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer of national repute since 1990, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and now here in Portland. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir. He has taught film studies courses for Stanford's Continuing Studies Program since 2006.

About the Films

These are the TEN musical films we will watch on the BIG screen at Cinema 21, followed by illuminating discussions:

  • April 6: GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 (1933)
  • April 13: TOP HAT (1935)
  • April 20: BLUES IN THE NIGHT (1941)
  • April 27: MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944)
  • May 4: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
  • May 11: THE BAND WAGON (1953)
  • May 18: AMERICAN HOT WAX (1978)
  • June 1: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (1981)
  • June 8: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (1986; Great Britain)
  • June 15: YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT (1967; France)

There will be no class on Saturday, May 25.

  • Elliot Lavine

    Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer of national repute since 1990, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and now here in Portland. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir. He has taught film studies courses for Stanford's Continuing Studies Program since 2006.