Monthly Archives: April 2013

Old movies still draw a crowd

in today’s LA Times Calendar section this is a good article about the worth of old movies, like the ones we saw in the last class . . . When it comes to old films, Robert Osborne is hard to … Continue reading

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Ben Hecht – screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, and novelist, called “the Shakespeare of Hollywood”

Read about this incredible genius who wrote so many award winning screenplays, one of which we saw this last class: Gunga Din   click here

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thanks to all

I really enjoyed showing films of the 30’s to the class.  We covered a lot of ground and I hope you all learned something new about the era and have been motivated to rent a few more of these classics.  … Continue reading

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4/10/13 – Top Hat with Rogers and Astaire

Toni will host the “bonus” class this Wednesday.  Top Hat, nominated for best Art Direction, Best Dance Direction, Best Original Song (Cheek to Cheek) and Best Picture. An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he … Continue reading

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Hal Le Roy in Ups and Downs

A few weeks ago I showed a short film prior to The Thin Man which starred June Allyson, Phil Silvers and Le Roy who danced up a storm in an elevator and on the dance floor. Here’s a link to … Continue reading

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more history of the class

During the Spring semester of 2012, several class members contributed to the class : Dalna and Dave invited Greg La Cava, retired makeup artist, to tell the class about his craft and we watched Elephant Man, which was the movie … Continue reading

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Hollywood Singing and Dancing: The 1930s

This is the name of the DVD which I showed some parts of during the first 2 classes.  It’s available on Netflix. Journey back to the glamorous heyday of the Hollywood musical in this anthology that showcases memorable performances from … Continue reading

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