7 days
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate

The Golden Age of Hollywood Summer School | Discussing Remarriage Comedies

This Golden Age of Hollywood Summer School program explores the genre of Remarriage Comedy in the Golden Age of Hollywood. We discuss the depiction of marriage, divorce, and remarriage in the Golden Age of Hollywood, with a selection of films spanning from 1932 to 1949.

Together, we think through why the major studios were obsessed with onscreen depictions of marriage, and learn about the social and political consequences of a series of films that have been characterised as "remarriage comedies." In these films, the primary objective is not to bring a man and woman who were previously unknown to each other together, but to restore a marriage that has lost its direction. Over the course of five days of lectures, screenings, and discussions, we explore Frank Capra's 1932 masterpiece It Happened One Night, Leo McCarey's The Awful Truth (1937), the Howard Hawks screwball staple Bringing Up Baby (1938), George Cukor's The Philadelphia Story (1940), as well as Hawks's His Girl Friday (1940). We also learn about the particular cluster of stars (including Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Irene Dunne, Clark Gable, and Rosalind Russell, among others) who starred in such films, and the particular studio conditions under which they were made.

The mornings will start with an interactive lecture on theHollywood and its impact on society.  We then hone in on a particular director, exploring his or her larger body of work, before introducing the necessary context for the afternoon’s film. After the screening, we will discuss some of the technical aspects of the film (including camerawork, lighting, music, etc.) as well as broader themes and ideas. Throughout the course, we’ll also be thinking about how this film type films are consumed by different audiences.

Summer School for Seniors with Odyssey Traveller

Over the last twenty-five years, Odyssey’s small group Summer School Program has given countless travellers an unforgettable educational and travel experience. Each summer, we prepare and offer fun and challenging special interest courses and programs designed to give travellers the options and opportunity to learn about history, religion, Australian culture, and the arts, among many other topics. These courses are designed in such a way that enthusiasts can deepen their knowledge of a particular topic or be initiated into new understandings on a subject.

We don't quite live on campus, but we will be staying in a comfortable hotel in central Hobart! We will enjoy welcome and farewell dinners in between our seminars, as well as daily morning tea and lunch.

These programs offered are tailor-made for mature-aged and senior travellers who are eager to explore in-depth a particular topic. Read more about our teaching philosophy in this article.

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Deepen your understanding of five global cinema traditions, and learn more about various film techniques.
Discover five masterpieces of of this genre of film
Consider the impact on the “studio” system on the production of film
Discuss the director roles to create the blockbuster that drives the Hollywood system
Visit the Tasmania Museum to see the collection devoted to Louise Lovely, the first Australian film star in Hollywood.

What’s included in our Tour

  • 6 nights in full en suite accommodation in central Hobart.
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners.
  • Lectures and handouts as indicated.
  • Services of a study leader and lecturers.
  • Complimentary wifi.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Return airfares to and from Hobart.
  • Airport transfers to/from your Hobart Hotel
  • Costs of a personal nature.

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