Washington DC Jewish Community Center

Words and Ideas: Peter L. Stein

Date:
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location:
Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center at American University

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Sunday, October 29 at 4:00 PM
Peter L. Stein:  Beyond Grumps and Spinsters: American Movies Take On Aging

Despite representing 20 percent of the American population, seniors have been barely visible over the long history of American movies.  When older characters are prominent, they're often reduced to dispiriting stereotypes.  Why has American cinema had such difficulty portraying aging in multi-dimensional, authentic ways? And might we finally be entering a golden age for “silver” movies? In this lively talk, brimming with film clips, curator and Award-winning documentary director Peter L. Stein presents an entertaining look at the way films have reflected and influenced American perceptions of aging. Clips will include films such as Sunset BoulevardWhatever Happened to Baby Jane?Harold and Maude About Schmidt, Nebraska, and A Serious Man.

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