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B9 Five Things That Movies Teach Us

Description: In this course we will discuss lessons that I have learned from my study of motion pictures. For example, every movie is a documentary; or movies don't solve but re-solve problems. I will dedicate each week's class to one lesson and illustrate it with a movie that I consider crucial viewing for anyone who loves movies. These may be described as archetypes of motion picture style. These movies, both American and foreign, are our main focus, but we will mention other movies of comparable quality. Titles will possibly include The General (1926), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), The Third Man (1949), and True Grit (2010).

Instructor: George Wead has taught film history at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, at the University of Texas at Austin, and at JMU. He has written a number of articles on film, two books on comedian Buster Keaton, and a film textbook. Now retired, he lives in Bridgewater.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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