The theme for the fall term of The Masters Series presented by the Pasadena Senior Center via Zoom is “Femme Fatales and Smiling Psychopaths: The History of Film Noir.”
By News Desk
The three-week series (Tuesdays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27, from 2:00 to 4:00), will highlight some of the stylish and moody film noir crime dramas of the 1940s and ‘50s that are essential to any discussion about films of the 20th century.
Documentarian and author Steven C. Smith will lead participants in an examination of the genre that often features cunning women, men on the outskirts of society, shady characters who inhabit the shadows of murder and betrayal and the relentless detectives who are hot on their trails.
Steven C. Smith
Smith is a four-time Emmy-nominated documentary producer and author whose latest book is “Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer” (Oxford University Press, 2020). He has written about film and music for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly and the Hollywood Reporter. A former supervising producer of the TV series “A&E Biography” and “AMC Backstory,” his award-winning documentaries include “The Sound of a City: Julie Andrews Returns to Salzburg,” “The Lure of the Desert: Martin Scorsese on Lawrence of Arabia” and “Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood.” He lives in Los Angeles.
The cost for the three-week course is $35 for members of the Pasadena Senior Center and $45 for nonmembers. To register or for more information, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Masters Series Lifelong Learning or call 626-795-4331. Everyone who registers will receive an email link for joining the classes online.
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