Many of the films of Hollywood's Golden Era have left lasting impressions upon audiences down through the ages. This seminar will explore the "story behind the story" of several "magic moments" in film history, images indelibly stamped on the collective cultural imagination of generations of filmgoers. Selections will be offered from a wide variety of genres such as mysteries, romances, Westerns, musicals, family dramas, historical films, creature features, and others, in order to give students a representative sampling of these treasured moments from Hollywood history.
In learning to appreciate the collaborative nature of filmmaking, seminar participants will discover how the screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, composers, editors, and many others all contributed to creating these images and scenes of lasting interest. The seminar will pay special attention to the concluding scenes of several classic films in order to illustrate the thesis of the director Robert Siodmak that the filmmaker should give the audience a memorable finish: "That's what they'll go home with and tell their friends about." Seminar participants should leave their Bjӧrklunden experience with a deeper appreciation of how these "Indelible Images" made it onto the screen and how and why they remain in our imagination.
Jack Rhodes received his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Texas at Austin and later became interested in communication and film studies. His principal academic assignments were at Colorado College, the University of Utah and Miami University (Ohio), where he taught the graduate course on rhetoric of film for several years. Rhodes also served as chair of the Department of Communication at Miami and retired as executive director of Miami’s regional campus in Hamilton, Ohio. He is the author of three books and several scholarly articles and has recently concentrated his research and lecturing on the rhetoric of film genres. This will be his 14th year teaching Björklunden seminars.