Coe College is a selective, private, nationally recognized four-year co-educational liberal arts institution providing superior educational experiences for students since 1851. Coe’s residential campus is located in Cedar Rapids.
FRANK CAPRA GEORGE CUKOR JOHN FORD HOWARD HAWKS
GREAT AMERICAN FILM DIRECTORS OF HOLLYWOOD'S GOLDEN AGE
April 4, 11, 18, 25
The subject of this forum is the cinematic output of four American movie directors whose 1930s films have come to exemplify in what is known as the 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. Sequences from 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. Special full-length screenings – one film per director – will be scheduled outside the forum on Sunday afternoons throughout the month.
Cinematic style, based on an imaginative use of camera and sound montage in narrative storytelling, is what truly distinguishes the work of the finest film directors from that of their peers. Motion picture directors, like their counterparts in the theatre, are accountable for a great many of the artistic decisions made in the work they ultimately help to produce. In this upcoming examination, each artistic visionary established his own distinctive version of classical style, and also contributed (for better or worse) to myths about American life so effectively promulgated by a vaunted Hollywood system. Congratulations to Coe College for their effort.
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