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FTMA Talk Back Series: ON GOLDEN POND (1981) with Q&A

DIRECTED BY: Mark Rydell

STARRING: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda

 

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Part 2 of “Family Dysfunction”

Co-presented by Sacred Heart University

Post-film Q&A with Professor Justin Liberman

In his last film, Henry Fonda plays Norman Thayer, a cranky 80-year-old retired professor, making his annual pilgrimage with his wife Ethel (Katharine Hepburn) to their New England summer cottage. Their solitude is interrupted when the couple's daughter Chelsea (Jane Fonda) arrives with her fiance Bill and his son Billy Ray in tow. It takes a while, but Chelsea and Bill, about to go on a vacation of their own, persuade Norman and Ethel to take care of Billy Ray. Norman and the kid dislike each other from Square One, and it looks as though this summer will be a depressing experience. Gradually, Norman and Billy Ray grow to love one another; their bond is strengthened during a near-fatal accident while fishing. It is through the warm relationship between Norman and the boy that the old man and his daughter Chelsea are at last able to display affection towards each other--the first time they've done so in years. Gorgeously photographed, ON GOLDEN POND is a wonderful final film for Henry Fonda, who died not long after the film's completion. Academy Awards were bestowed upon Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, and screenwriter Ernest Thompson (who adapted the film from his stage play).

JUSTIN LIBERMAN was a directing fellow at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His award winning films have played in many international film festivals, museums, and galleries. He has worked under Michael Mann (HEAT, THE INSIDER), David Mamet (HOUSE OF GAMES, SPARTAN), and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and as a commercial director he has worked with American Express, ESPN, and General Mills.

The Film and Television Masters program (FTMA) at Sacred Heart University is a one –year conservatory dedicated to the art of storytelling. Students engage in dynamic classroom workshops and lectures focusing on directing, screenwriting, producing, and new media arts. Based in Stamford, FTMA draws from talent and resources in the area and neighboring New York City. Each student produces a cinematic portfolio and rounds out their experience with industry internships. For more information please visit FTMA.sacredheart.edu.

 

LANGUAGE: English

RATING: PG

RUNNING TIME: 119 minutes

 

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