Courses and Workshops

Diving Into the Movies

Harry Chotiner
Monday, Jun. 10, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (PT)
Repeats every Monday until Monday, Jul. 1, 2024
Updated Schedule
Price: $120.00
25 slots available

old theater seats clad in red velvet

Please note: "Diving into the Movies" will begin on Monday, June 10, 1–2:30 PM — one week later than originally scheduled. The fourth and final class will be Monday, July 1.


This class will foster the fun, vitality, and warmth of friends sharing a conversation about a great film they’ve just seen. Prior to class, participants will watch four films selected for their engaging themes, issues, storytelling, and acting (students will receive notes about what to watch for). You'll then meet online for a lecture and discussion about the films’ elements. The movie list will be provided before the start of the course.


Faculty Bio

Harry Chotiner served as an editor at Socialist Review magazine, a reader at Zoetrope Studios, and a story editor at CBS. He also served as vice president of development at 20th Century Fox and Interscope Communications and has taught history and film courses at the school of professional studies at New York University.


This is a Livestreamed + Recorded Course

  • Classes will stream live on the scheduled day and time
  • Classes will also be video recorded
  • You must be a current OLLI @Berkeley member to register. Learn about membership, including our fee assistance program

Schedule Highlights

  • Course starts on Monday, June 10, and ends on Monday, July 1
  • Classes meet for 4 weeks, 1.5 hours per session (1–2:30 PM)
  • Videos will post on Fridays in Member Dashboards
  • All course materials, including videos, will remain available to view and enjoy through Aug. 31

Member Praise for Harry Chotiner

Harry's outstanding knowledge (not only of the film industry, but also history, politics, economics, and the social sciences in general) added immeasurably to the viewing experience and to the insights he shared with the class. In addition, he has a warm, supportive, open and compassionate personality, which created an atmosphere that drew forth and nurtured student comments, questions and observations. He is a truly exceptional teacher!

Harry is exceptional! I would take a course from him every term if it were taught that often.


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