*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Traveling Mercies

This course will cover six films, mostly featuring the beauty of Italy, where folks find  their own la dolce vita: an uptight secretary from Akron, Ohio is treated to a foreign affair in Venice; a lonely divorcee buys a villa and fills it with a family she couldn’t have imagined; in prewar Florence, a brazen American woman and an outcast boy keep a group of expatriates in their high life and out of harm’s way; an eccentric English novelist opens her villa to four survivors of an exploded train; a bitter, middle-aged man inherits a Paris apartment and discovers two occupants legally living there; and two proper English women escape drab, damp London for the countryside of the Italian Riviera.  
The films are: David Lean’s Summertime (1955) with Katherine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi; Audrey Wells’ Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) with Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, and Raoul Bova; Richard Loneraine’s My House in Umbria (2003) with Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, and Chris Cooper; Franco Zeffirelli’s Tea with Mussolini (1999) with Cher, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, and Lily Tomlin; Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady (2015) with Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Maggie Smith; Mike Newell’s Enchanted April (1992) with Miranda Richardson, Joan Plowright, and Jim Broadbent.   

Instructor Bio:

Hal Horan is a retired Presbyterian minister who enjoyed pastorates in Michigan, Florida, and Louisiana and who simply loves film and literature, as everyone who has taken his course knows. Ed Murray retired to Charlottesville several years ago after a career as a documentary film producer. Both Ed and his wife Dianne have enjoyed many summer visits to Assisi in the Umbria region of Italy.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A05 Harold Horan Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3 Mo 1:00-4:00 p.m. Unity of Charlottesville WL

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