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Friday Film Classes.....

AM: The Birth of Cinema

by Jim Worsham

Did you know the star of the first “moving picture” was named Sallie Gardner? Or that she was a horse owned by a Governor of California? You can learn all about this early star and her strange connection to the silent film era that lasted from 1878 to 1928. The story of those fifty years is a fascinating adventure that will be explored in The Birth of Cinema: Film’s First Fifty Years. From the famous Muybridge galloping horse research project through the introduction of talkies, you’ll witness the emergence of a dynamic film industry that began as soon as entrepreneurs saw a way to make a profit.
Michael Napolillo, new instructor at OLLI, will put his BFA in Film from NYU to good use as he relives that memorable period via lecture, film clips, and hands-on demonstrations. Mike honed his artistic skills in literary arts, writing and even songwriting in Massachusetts, Vermont and New York. In 1984, he joined the English Department at Long Beach’s Wilson High School where he taught for 32 years. It was there he created a senior elective course on Film Analysis for the LBUSD. The course was understandably very popular among the high school students but, thanks to Mike’s efforts, it also qualified for credit in U.C. English.
Mike is married with two grown children. Now, recently retired, he is still a fan of classic films and maintains his own collection of many of the greats. He enjoys an occasional round of golf and he’s also an accomplished guitar player and singer who loves to
entertain. He has performed at many southland venues and his current gig pleases the crowd at The Local Spot eatery in Long Beach during Sunday brunch. Hey, maybe he’ll even play some background music for one of those silent movies!

Classic Films of 60s & 70s

by Rick Adams

Take a class where you will see such classic films as “The Wind and the Lion,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Easy Rider” and “Hard Day’s Night.” There will be many others starring classic actors, such as Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Candice Bergan, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Ingrid Bergman and of course, The Beatles. These Classic Films will cover the diverse aspects of life and times during the 60s and 70s.
OLLI instructor, Jeff
Hathcock feels that those were the last two decades of great movies, great actors and directors. Those years gave us Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Arkin, Faye Dunaway, Jaqueline Bisset, Julie Christy, James Caan,
Steven Spielberg, Francis Coppola – and many more talented people. After that, Hollywood pretty much went south and everything became a sci-fi, fantasy, or special effects “blockbuster” that catered to the youth market. According to Jeff, it left us with today’s crop of actors who mumble in a mistaken
belief that whispering gives their lines more drama. He prefers the films made when actors could be heard
and knew how to use their voices for dramatic effect. This class examines a time when Hollywood made GOOD movies.
Jeff has written for Academy Award
winner Walter Matthau, Emmy Award winner Jack Klugman, Walt Disney Productions (including the radio jingle for “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad”), Knott’s Ice Spectaculars and Knott’s “Calico Square Shootout.” He
directed Academy Award winner George Kennedy in his western “Three Bad Men.” He is in pre-production for a movie titled “The Alley.” Jeff has directed 170 plays. He has an agent representing his first novel, Cult of the Cobra, and is working on his second novel Red Moon Rising.