Join us Thursday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. CT for the second discussion in our On The Road film series.
This iconic “on the lam” movie changed the genre forever. Fusing romance and crime drama, the heavily fictionalized story of the infamous outlaw couple explicitly frames their life on the road as an escape from conventional morality, laying the groundwork for a long string of counter-culture films, such as Easy Rider. The spectacular violence of the finale also pushed the road movie, and the motion picture code, into new territory; and the Great Depression setting helped to develop a topic nascent in It Happened One Night: the production of folk hero icons who speak to the needs of a particular cultural moment.
This series if free and open to the public. You will need to watch the films on your own, which may require some payment. But there is no cost to enroll and participate in our discussions.
The only requirements for attendance are good will, curiosity, an interest in sharing your ideas, and a hunger to learn from others. We hope that seasoned movie buffs will join our conversations, as well as individuals for whom watching a feature length film is an occasional or even rare event. In short: all are welcome!
Eva Fernandez, who has taught in the Graham School’s Basic Program since 1999, will lead our discussions. Ms. Fernandez is the 2011 recipient of the Graham School’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Her interests and enthusiasms span from classical to late medieval literature and philosophy, American literature, contemporary poetry, and film, especially horror and science fiction. Ms. Fernandez thinks that the pandemic offers an interesting perspective from which to contemplate what’s at stake in movies set on the road.
Participants are asked to watch the assigned film in advance, using the guiding questions to help prepare for the conversation. At the start of each session, which will meet remotely via Zoom, Ms. Fernandez will explain the format for the evening, provide some additional context, and offer a brief introduction of the film. Participants will then be broken out into smaller breakout groups, and Ms. Fernandez will rotate through those rooms. The entire group will then reconvene for a final discussion. Ms. Fernandez will conclude the evening with the entire group and provide some final commentary and points of reflection.