January 9th from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
One of the most underrated directors, Howard Hawks was also one of the most versatile of all the classic Hollywood directors whose work spans comedy, war, crime, westerns, and adventure films. He was a pathfinder in ‘screwball’ comedies with strong female characters, and he has three films in The American Film Institute’s Top 100 Comedies of All Time, including Bringing up Babyand His Girl Friday. He also left his mark with To Have and to Have Not(where he introduced Lauren Bacall to the world and her future husband Humphrey Bogart), Dawn Patrol, Sargent York, The Big Sky, Rio Bravo, and Red Riverwhich ranks #7 on the AFI’s Top 10 Westerns of All Time.
February 13th from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Considered by most to be the greatest director of epic films, David Lean won Oscars for The Bridge Over the River Kwai(1957) and Lawrence of Arabia(1962), which ranks #7 in AFI’s Top 100 Best Films of All Time. Other memorable works includeDr. Zhivagoand Passage to India. A little known fact, the British native made some of the finest adaptations of Charles Dickens’ works, including Great Expectationsand Oliver Twist. His early romantic drama, Brief Encounteris considered one of the most poignant, romantic films ever made.
March 5th from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The Master of Suspense, often emulated, never equaled, Alfred Hitchcock made a host of classic films immortalized for their suspenseful storytelling. Chief among Hitchcock’s works is Vertigo, now considered his masterpiece. Hitchcock received numerous accolades, including his five Oscar nominations for Best Director, seven Best Director’s Guild Awards, and five Emmy nominations.
This discussion will focus on the three stages in Hitchcock’s career, the 1930s films 39 Stepsand The lady Vanishes, the 1940s Saboteur, Notorious, and the 1950s, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, Vertigo,and North by Northwest.
April 2nd from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
A brilliant director of satire and comedy, Billy Wilder began his career as a screenwriter. Wilder, tied with Hitchcock, has the most films on AFI’s list of Top 100 American Films. He won two Academy Awards for Best Director, and his 1944 murder-mystery Double Indemnityis considered the top “Noir” film ever made. Other classics include Lost Weekend, Ace in the Hole, and the greatest credits to his legacy are Sunset Boulevard and Some Like it Hot.
About Bill David
Billy David was raised in Litchfield County, Connecticut and graduated from Washington and Lee University. Following graduate school, he served in Vietnam as a Marine infantry officer. Bill spent his career in magazine publishing, including Town and Country, Sports Afield and Rolling Stone. He now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.
$100 for four-class series or $35 per class
Tickets to a single session are available. Please call (561) 805-8562.
Members – Wednesday, September 18
Public – Wednesday, October 2