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The Masters Series: Exploring Motion Pictures

The Masters Series: Exploring Motion Pictures

Tuesday, to Tuesday,
85 E. Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91003

$15/talk or $105 for series

Pasadena Senior Center hosts the winter term of The Masters Series, each Tuesday between January 15 and March 5. The series features the theme “Exploring Motion Pictures” and explores the myth, magic, and making of movies. 

The Masters Series, which embraces and promotes life-long learning, is open to members of the Pasadena Senior Center. Individual talks are $15 each, or register for the full eight-week term for $105. Non-members can try the series by attending their first talk free of charge.

Schedule and Topics: 

Jan. 15 – Motion Pictures Part I: An Industry is Born. UCLA film historian Jonathan Kuntz will present an illustrated history of American motion pictures with an emphasis on the Hollywood studio system, from the early days to the development of the American movie industry. 

Jan. 22 – Motion Pictures Part II: An Industry Matures. Jonathan Kuntz will cover the post-World War II era that brought an end to the studio system and ushered in television, the 1970s rebirth of Hollywood, the growth of global entertainment conglomerates and the digital revolution. 

Jan. 29 – Movie Palaces. Edward Kelsey, president and founder of Historic Building Services Inc., will examine the history and future of the Los Angeles movie palaces that boasted beautiful and alluring architecture and design and showcased mesmerizing films and glamorous stars.

Feb. 5 – The Rise and Fall of Women in Hollywood. Film historian Cari Beauchamp will discuss the early years of Hollywood when women were highly paid stars with good roles, powerful writers and producers and how today’s film industry is still influenced by that era.

Feb. 12 – Politics and Popular Culture in the Movies. Dana Marterella, an English instructor at Glendale Community College with a specialty in politics and popular culture, will explore the ways social trends and filmmakers’ viewpoints reflect politics and influence what is shown onscreen.

Feb. 19 – On Location in Pasadena. Cinematographer Jared Cowan will lead participants through clips and photos of familiar Pasadena places many may not have recognized in famous films, from Gone with the Wind to La La Land.

Feb. 26 – Saving Hollywood’s Lost Treasures. Film preservationist and historian Hugh Munro Neely will discuss films of the silent era that are thought to have been lost and his worldwide searches in archives and vaults for film prints that may bring the films back into the public arena. 

Mar 5 – Topic and presenter will be announced. 


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