Come Fly With Me: Eight Great Foreign Films
Recipient of the LLS 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this lecture series, we will view films from countries and cultures we may have visited in our travels: Israel, France, Argentina, Denmark, and the Netherlands. We will also view films from two rarely visited places: Afghanistan and Brazil. Through these films, we will learn how different people view themselves and the societies in which they live in terms of their self vision, priorities, humor, and cultural stereotypes. Each session will begin with introductory remarks from Dr. Stone. Then, following each film (all of which have easily readable English subtitles), we will engage in a conversation about what we have watched, what we have learned, and how it compares to the experiences we have had on our various journeys.
1. Son of the Bride (Argentina, 2001): At 42, Rafael is uncertain what direction his life should take; he then suffers a heart attack, and everything changes.
2. Simon (Netherlands, 2004): When Camiel, a gay dentist, and Simon, a carefree café owner, collide in a traffic accident, their lives become intrinsically entwined.
3. The Band’s Visit (Israel, 2007): A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force heads to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.
4. The Kite Runner (Afghanistan, 2007): After living for many years in California, a man returns home to Afghanistan to help an old friend whose son is in trouble.
5. Adam’s Apples (Denmark, 2005): A serio-comedy about Adam, a neo-Nazi, who is sentenced to community service at a church, where he clashes with a devoted, headstrong priest.
6. Amelie (France, 2001): An affecting story about a young Parisian woman who devotes much of her life helping others until one day she realizes that she has to also take care of herself.
7. Central Station (Brazil, 1998): Highly-charged story about a teacher who writes letters for illiterates and an orphan looking for the father he never knew.
8. Footnote (Israel, 2011): A story about a father and son who are rival professors in Talmudic studies. When they learn that the son will be lauded for his work, their relationship becomes highly strained.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Now beginning his 15th year with the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS), Kurt Stone is a best-selling author, essayist, political activist, actor and ordained rabbi. He
calls himself a “Hollywood Brat,” having been born and raised in and around the film industry, and calls his love and knowledge of film “a genetic inheritance.” Dr. Stone is the author of two books on the U.S. Congress and for the past ten years has written more than 450 Op-Ed pieces for his on-line blog, The K.F. Stone Weekly. He is currently working on a new book about the history of Hollywood, entitled In the Land of Mink-Lined Pools.
||7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
||Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$68 member / $98 non-member