Senses of Cinema - The Best of Youth: Four Weeks - One Epic Foreign Language Film

Shelly Isaacs
Movies / Drama

Course Description

Discover the critically acclaimed motion picture acknowledged as a masterpiece of world cinema. Six hours in length, broken into four one and a half hour chapters, each session will feature a chapter of the film, followed by a discussion of the major concepts, exploring the social, economic, aesthetic and historical implications, as well as the effective use of various production techniques, including cinematography, direction, performances, music, etc. The Best of Youth , 2006 – Italy, spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the early 2000s, is a passionate epic chronicling the youth, emotional development, and milestone events in the lives of two brothers. During some of the most tumultuous events in recent Italian history they stay connected through the nature of life, family, and time, even during their long periods of separation from one another. “A masterpiece of Italian film traditions in social/political realism and an historical family epic.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune. “Like a great novel from a more expansive bygone age, The Best of Youth is full of big thoughts; it's also full of sharp plot turns, vibrant characters, and great talk. It is, in short, the best of cinema. - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly. “Those who see it will, quite frankly, not believe their luck. It is that satisfying, that engrossing, that good.” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

About the Instructor

  • Shelly Isaacs is the founder and host for Cafe Cinematheque, where he shares his passion for film in venues throughout South Florida. Isaacs was a creative director/writer/producer and director in advertising, specializing in film, TV and radio promotion. He holds an MA in Media Ecology Studies from New York University, where he also taught graduate level courses in cultural studies. In 2009 he launched Cinematheque at Sea, making his program available on luxury cruises throughout the world.