Film Studies

Presenting Sponsors: Mrs. Roberta G. Olsen, Anita Stafford
Supporting Sponsor: Herb and Vicki Aspbury
Patron Sponsors: Ann Bowling Endowment for Film Studies, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Thomas

Join us for the finest in classic and contemporary cinema, with critical context and moderated class discussion. Choose either our matinee class, at 1:30 p.m., or the evening session at 7 p.m. Tuition is $70 per person for each five-week course, $50 for Museum members.

Check back for information on the 2016-17 season - below are the featured films from the past year!

Turning Points: Common Themes – Uncommon People

The first course for the 2015-16 season will explore important times in people’s lives, when they are required to make vital decisions and forever choose their paths in life. These five films from different countries and cultures explore life-altering moments from around the world. What causes people to change course and find new direction, new purpose and meaning in their lives? These films illuminate how we choose to find that new direction, how that choice distinguishes us, and how we are connected, united, and inspired by the courage to change. Led by Fall Film Studies Instructor Diane Thelen.


The Marilyn Mystique: The Myth, the Mystery, the Enduring Legend

Bigger than life itself, her attraction certainly continued long after she left us. What is the allure that Marilyn Monroe holds for the public? Revisit the glamour and drama that surrounded this unique woman in a course that will sample films that display not just her beauty, but also her marvelous singing ability and a surprising, developing flair for serious dramatic roles. Beyond the myth, however, she was muse to many, from her playwright husband, Arthur Miller, to the millions of fans who idolized her. Myth or Muse, whatever the secret is, even fifty years later the public’s love affair manages to endure. Led by Fall Film Studies Instructor Diane Thelen.


Keeping On: Films about Art in the Long Run 

In this course we’ll look at some long- term contributors to the arts, both unapologetically elitist and unabashedly popular. Among others, we’ll meet a brilliant concert pianist, a legendary trumpet player, some of the hottest dancers of the 1930s, and a photographer whose work has been helping people understand the world around them since the Sixties. They share a common trait: not only were they once great, they remain great. They’re unforgettable, and so are these films. Led by Film Studies Coordinator Warren Obluck.



Could've Wons: Films That Almost Snagged an Oscar

Last Spring, a record number of exceptional international movies competed for the Academy Award as Best Foreign Film. Unfortunately, only one could walk away with top honors. That was Ida, from Poland. Of the others, some were shown briefly in theaters, usually without much publicity, and some were entirely overlooked. This course will feature some of the best from last year’s Oscar competition that neither won nor got wide distribution, despite their unquestionable worth. Led by Film Studies Coordinator Warren Obluck.



Trends in International Cinema: Partners 

These films are not precisely about friends. Nor are they about buddies in the traditional Hollywood sense of the term, although some of them do go on the road. So we’ll call them “partners,” individuals sometimes teamed up by chance, individuals working together often despite a certain tension in the air. The stories in these remarkable films occur in places as wildly distinct as Finland, Uruguay, and America. Their humor ranges from slapstick to lighthearted to black, their heroes from rough-hewn to city-slick. Led by Film Studies Coordinator Warren Obluck.


The Museum Café / Catering by Adrienne Drew will be open for Film Studies students to enjoy lunch beginning November 9.

Museum Members may join the Film Society! The Film Society is the auxiliary level of membership that provides members access to a rich and varied collection of more than 3,000 notable classic, foreign, and art house films in the Helen Ecclestone Stone Library, drawn from the many years of the Museum's popular Film Studies program. Your $25 membership (in addition to your general Museum membership) will allow you to enjoy these exclusive cinema resources for a full year! Click here to purchase your Film Society membership.


If you prefer to order by phone, please call (772) 231-0707 x136 to reserve your space today.

Film Studies is subject to the Museum Art School's Refund Policy: Student refunds are made in writing during each term's drop/add week. No refunds are possible after the term's drop/add week. Please contact the Museum Art School office for dates and forms.





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