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FILMSCENE 101: CONTENDERS AND COMPOSERS OF THE FIFTIES
Ped Mall -Scene 1
Monday, Feb 17, 2020 6:00 PM
This 4-week course explores how four different composers - all recruited to write their first Hollywood film score - lent troubled protagonists in classic 1950s titles an audibly distinctive edge that still resonates.
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FilmScene is proud to continue our series FilmScene 101, which presents year-round, multi-week cinema seminars taught by some of the best and brightest film-focused minds in our community. Courses focus on genres, filmmakers, eras or movements and provide participants an opportunity for deeper engagement with the moving image. Course tuition includes film screenings and seminars, bottomless popcorn and the freedom to geek out.

$50 for FilmScene Members / $60 for non-Members

Marlon Brando. Susan Hayward. Harry Belafonte. James Dean. These stars helped define 1950s Hollywood by embodying charismatic antiheros who were angsty and brimming with indignation. "You don't understand," cries Brando in On the Waterfront, "I could have been a contender." But as these characters rail against injustice, music amplifies and unsettles their stories, testing our moral imagination. In this series we'll hear how four different composers - all recruited to write their first Hollywood film score - lent these troubled protagonists an audibly distinctive edge that still resonates.

Course instructor: University of Iowa professor Nathan Platte (Musicology)
Student assistant: Anastasia Scholze

Monday, February 17: On The Waterfront (1954, USA - Dir Elia Kazan / Music Leonard Bernstein)
Monday, February 24: I Want To Live! (1958, USA - Dir. Robert Wise / Music John Mandel)
Monday, March 2: Odds Against Tomorrow (1959, USA - Dir. Robert Wise / Music John Lewis)
Monday, March 9: East of Eden (1955, USA - Dir. Elia Kazan / Music Leonard Rosenman)

Course meets for four consecutive weeks on Monday evenings from 6-9pm at FilmScene's Ped Mall location
Students must be 18+, outside food is allowed and bottomless popcorn is provided with tuition.



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Series:Education
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Rating:Not Rated
Director:Various
Year Released:1954 through 1959
Production Country:USA
Language:English