The Language of Film
On the Origin of the Cinema
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Senior Director, Education and Administration, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Long before Garbo talked, Jolson sang, or Norma Desmond readied for her close-up, there were movies. Some were scandalous, some were glorious and many have been lost to time. But what remains sheds considerable light on the origins of this form that emerged from the confluence of science, art, commerce and the Industrial Revolution. Join us to learn how the movies came to be, and to laugh at, be shocked by and simply enjoy some of the world’s first motion pictures.
This presentation is part of Andrew Douglas' Language of Film series.
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Andrew Douglas is the founding director of education at Bryn Mawr Film Institute, having joined the organization in July 2005, four months after its opening. He also educates thousands of students about film each year through classroom visits and during field trips to BMFI, and he presents film lectures and programs to thousands of adults at a range of institutions and organizations in the region.
In addition to teaching at University of North Carolina and Northwestern, Douglas has been a visiting assistant professor at Whitman College in Washington and a member of the adjunct faculty at Dominican University outside of Chicago. Locally, he has been a lecturer in the Department of English at Cabrini College and in the Film Studies Program at Ursinus College.
Douglas greatly enjoys the films of Alfred Hitchcock, David Fincher, David Mamet and Michael Mann, and he counts among his all-time favorites The Awful Truth (1937), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Untouchables (1987), The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Fugitive (1993) and The Social Network (2010). He has held a real Oscar, been used as an excuse for his grandmother to meet Robert Redford, and was dressed down by Harrison Ford, whom Douglas still thinks is America’s greatest living movie star.