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Star-Making During Hollywood’s Golden Age

Stuart Voytilla, MFA

This two-part lecture will examine the unique journeys of two beloved stars, Zero Mostel and Marilyn Monroe.

April 13: Zero Mostel: The Life and Many Arts of Zero

Zero Mostel dedicated everything for the performance and the arts. He ignited the stage and screen with an exuberance that enchanted and mesmerized. His imagination and arrogance were lightning in the bottle that epitomized comic genius but also could infuriate a director or fellow performer. Zero never bowed to adversity. Even when he was swept into McCarthyism and Hollywood blacklisting, Zero forged his creative path with an indomitable spirit needing expression through art wherever opportunity took him. We will take a fascinating journey through Zero’s world, from television variety to the big screen, from Broadway’s Tevye to Hollywood’s Max Bialystock, from painting in his studio to carousing with Muppets.

April 27: Marilyn Monroe: The Making and Mystique of the Hollywood Icon

Marilyn Monroe’s meteoric ascent to Hollywood star and icon is without parallel. But what and who made the Hollywood star? The studio mogul, the director, the performer, her mentors and handlers, the press agents and gossip columnists, or the fans? Or was it a confluence of these forces that created Marilyn, one of the most identifiable, beloved, and tragic stars of motion pictures. We will celebrate Marilyn through her words and performances from supporting player (The Asphalt Jungle, All About Eve) to leading star (Niagara, Some Like It Hot). We will examine her love affair with the camera, her dedication to the craft of acting, and the tragedy and conspiracies surrounding her death. This lecture will chart the trajectory of a star’s ascent from innocent Norma Jean to iconic Marilyn, and will investigate the power of her star-comet’s glow that continues to captivate and inspire.

Instructor: Stuart Voytilla teaches critical studies and screenwriting at San Diego State University’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film. With over 20 years of university teaching experience, Voytilla is a three-time recipient of the “Most Influential Faculty” Award. He is an award-winning screenwriter and producer, author of Myth and the Movies: Discovering the Mythic Structure of 50 Unforgettable Films, and co-author of Writing the Comedy Film.

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70020   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
04/13/2018 - 04/27/2018 In-class 131111 $0.00  

Day and Time: Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla