Rotary club is educated on film series

By Paula Guillory


Crowley Rotarians met for their weekly meeting on Tuesday, October 20 at The Town Club in Crowley.

President Lee Wright opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer led by past President Ezora Proctor. Wright then introduced two special guests, visiting Norwegian Rotarians.

The luncheon hosted a guest speaker to inform Rotarians about the current Acadia Parish Library film series. Currently the series is reviewing Classic films that were produced during the 1940’s.

Anyone can choose to attend the free weekly sessions. Each Monday, the group views a film and then discusses the production. The next meeting is Monday, November 2 where “Out of the Past” will be the feature presentation.

During the meeting, Dr. Bier educated Rotarians on a brief history of film as an art form. It wasn’t until during the 1950’s when film was accepted as an art equivalent to sculpting or painting. Prior to this time it was thought to be solely for entertainment purposes.

Dr. Bier explained the various genres of film and the characteristics used to classify them. Dr. Bier highlight western films and noted that they are the “greatest American contribution to Cinema because of the uniqueness of western American settlement.”

One point made by Dr. Bier was that during World War II, the film industry concentrated on war movies with battle scenes and views of the enemy, however after 1945 (the end of World War II) the American public gravitated towards films that highlighted personal problems affecting men returning from combat. This shows a parallel between taste in film and reality.

Dr. Bier concluded the meeting by disputing a common misconception that is often heard, “I loved the book, but hated the movie.” He explained that these are two different types of art medium and can not be directly compared. These two subjects are to be judged based on different criteria. So to speak, it is like comparing apples to oranges.

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