The Golden Age of Hollywood

The Golden Age of Hollywood

Joseph Luzzi, Moderator

Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Humphrey Bogart, Alfred Hitchcock… These iconic names evoke what film historians have come to know as the celebrated “Golden Age of Hollywood.” What are the movies that made Hollywood the center of the cinematic universe, and the world’s most powerful force for the creation and viewing of film? Who were the actors, directors, and screenwriters who contributed to this mythical age, which lasted roughly from the end of the silent film era in the 1920s to the 1960s and witnessed the creation of countless stellar films in Hollywood’s vaunted studio system? In this Seminar, we will explore the defining qualities of some of the greatest Hollywood films by considering a group of cinematic works that continue to cast their magical spell on audiences worldwide.
Video will be used.

Please Note: Viewing the films is recommended, but not required. While the sessions will include clips of the selected films, they will not be screened in their entirety.

Session 1 The Big Sleep, HOWARD HAWKS (1946)
Session 2 Roman Holiday, WILLIAM WYLER (1953)
Session 3 From Here to Eternity, FRED ZINNEMANN (1953)
Session 4 On the Waterfront, ELIA KAZAN (1954)
Session 5 To Catch a Thief, ALFRED HITCHCOCK (1955)
Session 6 Breakfast at Tiffany’s, BLAKE EDWARDS (1961)

* Please note: There are TWO (2) Sections of this Seminar. Specify your first choice of TIME.


THURSDAYS, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     OR      THURSDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

FEB   27
MAR  12
APR   2, 23
MAY  7, 21

Cost $500 (6 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $250

Joseph Luzzi

JOSEPH LUZZI – An active critic, his writings on FILM have appeared in the New York Times, Times of London, Bookforum, and many others. He is a Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College and holds a PhD in Italian Literature from Yale University. His books include the memoirs In a Dark Wood (HarperCollins, 2015) and My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. His scholarly work A Cinema of Poetry: Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2014) was a finalist for The Bridge Book Award. He received the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association for the book Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Yale Univ. Press, 2008).