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The Bad and the Beautiful: Hollywood in the 50s, 60s & 70s

Adult Education Class with film critic Rick Staehling

Panorama | Vancity Theatre Event

The end of World War II brought profound changes to North America and spectacular challenges to Hollywood. Movie-going audiences dwindled, revenues plunged, and the studios slowly responded with new talent and production and marketing strategies that still reverberate today. Using stills and film clips this tightly focused but freewheeling series of lectures will examine the 30 years of turmoil that transformed the American film industry and celebrate the actors, directors and films that reflect each decade.

Each lecture will last approximately 90 mins

Week 1: Hollywood in The Fifties: Under Siege | Monday, March 12th, 10.30am
Exhibition gimmicks and great movies confront the rising popularity of television and the evolving tastes of suburban moviegoers.

Week 2: Hollywood in The Sixties: Winds of Change | Monday, March 19th, 10.30am
Big budget gambles yield diminished returns and an out-of-touch industry reluctantly welcomes a radical new generation of filmmakers.

Week 3: Hollywood in The Seventies: Divided Decade | Monday, March 26th, 10.30am
The New Hollywood rises and falls and corporation-controlled, block-buster-hungry studios reclaim control.

About Rick Staehling:
For more than three decades, Rick was the go-to film critic for CBC Radio listeners in Vancouver, broadcasting a must-hear live review every Friday afternoon to the province of British Columbia and the Yukon. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, he has worked as an associate producer in Hollywood, designed posters for feature films, and written extensively about movies for Rolling Stone, Vancouver Magazine and numerous Time Inc. publications. He has also taught film and communications at Capilano University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the University of British Columbia. Staehling remains deeply immersed in film and film culture, as a special interest lecturer for Compass Speakers and a Member Emeritus of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.

Audience response to Rick's 2017 lecture series: "Inspiring!" "Excellent." "Please repeat!"


Tickets $25 per lecture or Series 3-pack for $60.

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