Words and Ideas: Peter L. Stein
Sunday, October 29 at 4:00 PM
Peter L. Stein: Beyond Grumps and Spinsters: American Movies Take On Aging
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 Boulevard, Whatever
Happened to Baby Jane?, Harold and Maude, About Schmidt,
Nebraska, and A Serious Man.
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