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The Language of Film

Andrew Douglas

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The Language of Film 1

All About Oscar

Friday, February 9, 2024, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Bryn Mawr Film Institute

The Academy Awards are the granddaddy of all show business accolades — without them, there would be no Emmys, Grammys or Tony Awards. Whether you are a casual movie fan, a committed cinephile or work in the film industry in any capacity, you care about the Oscars. They can make or break careers, determine how hundreds of millions of dollars are spent and shape the movies we see. But how much do we really know about them? Join us to learn about the origins and development of the Oscars — and to better understand what the different categories represent, how the process works and how the awards reflect American culture.

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The Language of Film 2

The Language of Film in The Godfather

Monday, February 12, 2024, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece based on co-screenwriter Mario Puzo’s blockbuster novel is routinely praised as a family saga of Shakespearean grandeur, a uniquely American tale that paints a flaws-and-all portrait of our nation, a sterling exemplar of cinematic storytelling and a cultural touchstone. Yet what most people don’t think about — or aren’t aware of — is that The Godfather could not be any of these things without first being a compendium of finely executed film techniques. In this lecture, we will examine clips from The Godfather to gain both a better understanding of editing, cinematography and more — and a greater appreciation of the film. Surely, we’ve made you an offer you can’t refuse.

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