This lecture introduces the overall theme of the series: the way American movies shape and reflect much of American public thinking and discourse during presidential eras. We start with how American movies made in the early sixties reflected the social and political culture of the nation, leading up to the assassination of JFK in 1963.
Kevin Courrier is a writer/broadcaster, film critic and lecturer. He began his radio career in the eighties as co-host of the interview program
On the Arts for CJRT-FM. He moved to CBC Radio, as a producer and film critic, and now co-produces and hosts music documentaries
for CBC Radio 2. He has published five books, launched a popular online journal (Critics at Large) and teaches film courses to seniors
at Ryerson University.