At a Glance
The “movies” have had an extraordinary impact on American society and psyches since the early 20th century. Join us for a multi-faceted examination of what may be our most significant cultural phenomenon. We will trace the evolution of movies as a reflection of archetypes and prevailing majority attitudes to industry efforts at self-censorship, and the current free market free-for-all. We will also consider the influence of history on movies and vice-versa, movies as propaganda, critics then and now, and technical advances from the time of Edison to the present day. As a special highlight, we will view and discuss clips from significant movies including the first western — “The Great Train Robbery” — and on through comedy and drama, musicals, mystery/suspense, and more.