Reflections in the Hall Of Mirrors: American Movies and the Politics Of Idealism

American movies have come to echo the secret aspirations and dashed expectations of the country’s deeply divisive elements. This series examines how key American movies from the last sixty years reflect the political and cultural ideals of their time. The series starts by considering movies made in the early sixties when John Kennedy, newly elected President, announced a New Frontier. The series concludes with a look at movies made after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, amidst a new wave of idealism. 

Series Date: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017 to Thursday, October 19, 2017
Price: 
45.00 CAD
Product variations: 
Title:
If History Has Taught Us Anything 1960-63
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Date: 
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

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.

About the lecturer 

Kevin Courrier

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.

Title:
The Johnson and Nixon Era: You Can't Always Get What You Want 1964-74
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Date: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound

In this lecture, we delve into movies of varied qualities which absorbed the divisive issues of that period. The Nixon era – reactionary and repressive as it was – produced some of the most provocative, controversial and enduring American films.  

About the lecturer 

Kevin Courrier

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.

Title:
The Carter & Regan Era: The Days of Future Passed 1976-92
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Date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

The Carter period tried to apply salve to the country's wounds over the failure of Vietnam and Nixon's resignation after Watergate.  In this lecture we turn our attention to movies that sought to define the social lassitude of the times.

About the lecturer 

Kevin Courrier

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.

Title:
The Clinton Era: Camelot Redux 1992-2000
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Date: 
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

 The Clinton years were about erasing the political reality of its time in order to be 'kinder, gentler” and the President himself was reflected in the movies of this period. 

About the lecturer 

Kevin Courrier

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.

Title:
The George W. Bush Era: No Man's Land 2000-08
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Date: 
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

The first part of the George W. Bush era comes before 9/11, when the Cold War was over and action films reflected a country with superheroes defending the nation against terrorist attacks.  The second part comes after 9/11, when American action films briefly lost some of their jingoistic stridency and revealed a country in grief and contemplation.

About the lecturer 

Kevin Courrier

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.

Title:
The Obama Era: The Invisible Man 2008-16
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Date: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound

The last talk in the series looks at movies made after 2008 when Barack Obama was elected as the first black President of the United States. This was a momentous event in American history but those high hopes waned in part because Obama, the avatar of another New Frontier, couldn't be found and wasn't allowed to exist. 

About the lecturer 

Kevin Courrier

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.