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Hooray for Hollywood


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Hooray for Hollywood 1.1

From Tots to Teens — Part One

Friday, January 28, 2022, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Rick Harris, lecturer

Children in American film. Whether they are adorable (almost always), villainous (occasionally) or in peril (very often), children of many ages have been a constant focus of the camera and of film narrative. We will see Shirley Temple, Margaret O’Brien, Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Bonita Granville, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sabu, Freddie Bartholomew, Jodie Foster, Drew Barrymore and many others.  

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Hooray for Hollywood 1.2

From Tots to Teens — Part Two

Monday, January 31, 2022, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Rick Harris, lecturer

Children in American film. Whether they are adorable (almost always), villainous (occasionally) or in peril (very often), children of many ages have been a constant focus of the camera and of film narrative. We will see Shirley Temple, Margaret O’Brien, Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Bonita Granville, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sabu, Freddie Bartholomew, Jodie Foster, Drew Barrymore and many others.  

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Hooray for Hollywood 2.1

Race in Film — Part One

Friday, February 25, 2022, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Rick Harris, lecturer

For decades, American film confirmed and embodied the unequal treatment of Black Americans. As complicated as this story is, there is no doubt it is one with a remarkable cast of the famous and the infamous: D.W. Griffiths, Sidney Poitier, Spike Lee, Tarzan, Lena Horne, Stepin Fetchit, Vincente Minnelli, King Vidor, Lorraine Hansberry, Denzel Washington and many others. Films will include Birth of a Nation, Do the Right Thing, Sounder, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Moonlight, Boyz in the Hood and many others that typify a too-easily disregarded part of America’s film history.

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Hooray for Hollywood 2.2

Race in Film — Part Two

Monday, February 28, 2022, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Rick Harris, lecturer

For decades, American film confirmed and embodied the unequal treatment of Black Americans. As complicated as this story is, there is no doubt it is one with a remarkable cast of the famous and the infamous: D.W. Griffiths, Sidney Poitier, Spike Lee, Tarzan, Lena Horne, Stepin Fetchit, Vincente Minnelli, King Vidor, Lorraine Hansberry, Denzel Washington and many others. Films will include Birth of a Nation, Do the Right Thing, Sounder, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Moonlight, Boyz in the Hood and many others that typify a too-easily disregarded part of America’s film history.

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Hooray for Hollywood 3.1

The Films of Spencer Tracy — Part One

Friday, April 8, 2022, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Rick Harris, lecturer

Laurence Olivier said that he learned more about acting from watching Spencer Tracy than in any other way. Tracy’s career encompassed more than 70 films, including nine with Katharine Hepburn, and nine Academy Award nominations. Across a variety of roles for Fox and, preeminently, MGM, he personified a strong, reliable, no-nonsense American guy.

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Hooray for Hollywood 3.2

The Films of Spencer Tracy — Part Two

Monday, April 11, 2022, 10am
John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center
Rick Harris, lecturer

Laurence Olivier said that he learned more about acting from watching Spencer Tracy than in any other way. Tracy’s career encompassed more than 70 films, including nine with Katharine Hepburn, and nine Academy Award nominations. Across a variety of roles for Fox and, preeminently, MGM, he personified a strong, reliable, no-nonsense American guy.

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