Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 27–May 15
Instructor: Michelle Blandburg
Class limit: 60
Incredibly talented black performers have always shared their talents with Hollywood and the world of entertainment. The documentary Celebrating Legendary Black Actors showcases the groundbreaking work of African-American actors during the early years of black cinema. Featuring footage from the 1920s to the 1950s, we will begin by viewing this priceless collection of unique performances by black legends such as Paul Robeson, Wallace Ford, and Ossie Davis. Our celebration will continue by viewing film clips of today’s most renowned and popular black actor and director, two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. Movies shown will include Training Day (for which he won an Oscar in 2001), The Pelican Brief (with Julia Roberts), Inside Man (with Clive Owen and Jodie Foster), American Gangster, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (with John Travolta), The Hurricane, and Man on Fire.
Michelle Blandburg is an OLLI Board member, a movie lover, and an active member of the OLLI Players. She enjoys coordinating Readers’ Theater, performing in OLLI’s murder mysteries, and all things theatrical.