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Classic Film Appreciation Seminar

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Since 2007 FOR member Steve has lead a free seminar in the appreciation of classic film and associated popular culture, called Life is Too Short to Watch Lousy Movies. The movies are recognized classics, the majority from Hollywood’s Golden Age — the 1930s and 40s — and the rest from other eras or other countries, with broad exposure to key directors, actors, and genres. Programs include a cartoon and/or short subject; coming attractions; the feature film; and clips and commentary on personnel, techniques, and relevant popular culture, with discussion interspersed. Books and films are awarded as prizes in the regular trivia contests.

The group meets once a month, on the evening of the first Saturday, at a private home in southeast Atlanta near Grant Park, and is always looking for congenial movie buffs interested in viewing and discussing the greatest films of all time. Regular participation with guaranteed seating and space-available participation are both available.

If interested, please do not RSVP via Meetup. Instead, visit the group's website: ( Then, to ask a question or be put on the mailing list, complete the form on the Contact Us ( page at the site. Reservations are handled outside of so Meetup RSVP numbers do not reflect actual attendance.

“If you're looking for an antidote to movie mindlessness, look no further than Steve’s movie course. It is enjoyable, educational, thought provoking, and just plain fun.” – Judy Belt

“I learned a lot, enjoyed the movies, liked meeting other fans, and consider my time with you as the best experience in a liberal arts education I have had – including an ABD in English and MS in Psychology. Participants were articulate, well-informed, and exceptionally observant. A great opportunity!” – Nancy Sullivan

“There is no better way to spend a Saturday evening in Atlanta!” – Mary Croft

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