Fresh styles and voices were seen and heard during this fin de siècle decade, with such innovative filmmakers as the Coen brothers, Lars Von Trier, Ang Lee, and Atom Egoyan and such actors as Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Edward Norton, and Julianne Moore. More established actors often surprised us as they stretched their talents – for example, Sylvester Stallone in Cop Land and Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking. Join us as we watch and discuss a cross-section of the best films of this period. We will examine (primarily American) films, film genres, actors, and industry trends associated with this era, when studios struggled against loss of box office revenues to the widening home entertainment industry, movie rental business, and DVD technology.
GROUP LEADER: Jeff Long has been leading film courses for W.I.S.E. since 2014 and has been writing movie reviews for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette since 2008. He has also taught film studies courses at Becker College and is the author of the memoir guide Remembered Childhoods (2007).
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