The 1980s offered us much more than endless movies starring Burt Reynolds or Daryl Hannah, “Brat Pack” comedy like Sixteen Candles, and violent franchises like Lethal Weapon or Nightmare on Elm Street. For this decade also featured sensitive breakout performances by Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeremy Irons, Helena Bonham Carter, and Christian Bale, among other actors. This period was a formative one for such emerging directors as Tim Burton, Barry Levinson, Rob Reiner, and Ron Howard, as well. Join us as we watch and discuss compelling character-driven films that hit the big screen while a former Hollywood actor occupied the White House.
GROUP LEADER: Jeff Long has been leading film courses for WISE since 2014 and has been writing movie reviews for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette since 2008. He also taught film studies courses at Becker College and is the author of the memoir guide, Remembered Childhoods (2007).
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