Coe College’s Thursday Forum lecture series closes the academic year in April with an examination of four American movie directors whose 1930s films have come to exemplify “classical Hollywood” style.
The four directors now regarded as giants of Hollywood’s so-called “Golden Age” are Frank Capra, George Cukor, John Ford and Howard Hawks. Theatre Professor Steven Marc Weiss will assess the output of each of these important directors with regard to both form and content. Each established his own distinctive version of classical style, and each also contributed (for better or worse) to the myths about American life so effectively promulgated by the Hollywood system.
Beginning April 4, short sequences from the films of these directors will be screened during in-class discussions in order to assess the extent of their contributions to the overall development of Hollywood cinema as an art form. Additionally, special full-length screenings – one film per director – will be scheduled outside of the forum classroom on Sunday afternoons throughout the month.
Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. A luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.
The courses are open to all adults. The cost is $30 for a four-week course paid on the first day, or $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Thursday Forum gift certificates are available. For more information about the Coe College Thursday Forum lecture series, call (319) 399-8619.