Film Class

Film Class with Ian McIver

Film Class was created to provide a forum for nurturing a deeper understanding of film culture and to keep the tradition of the film-going experience alive here in the Napa Valley. This series was created by Ian McIver, who moderates each class.

Tuesdays at 1:00 pm
Tickets $10 at the door.


May-June  Film Class: 

Courtroom Drama
From Sophocles to Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky to Dickens, John Grisham to Scott Turow, the world’s great poets and dramatists, novelists and film directors have been enamored of the legal system for its plotlines and morality tales. Artists, in fact, are equal opportunity borrowers of justice both delivered and denied.


Injustice can ruin a happy ending, but it can also open up possibilities for personal redemption. The literature of law values the object lesson over the cheap thrill. Audiences crave universal truths, and by the time the closing credits roll, movies about the law have left behind wisdom to live by.

Film Class is made possible by your continued financial support through the Cameo Cinema Foundation.


May 17th   Tuesday 1:00pm
Michael Clayton

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Cast : George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Ehle, Ken Howard, Michael O'Keefe, Denis O'Hare, Robert Prescott,  
Director : Tony Gilroy


May 24th   Tuesday 1:00pm
The Verdict

A washed-up, ambulance-chasing attorney gets a chance at redemption when his friend tosses him an open-and-shut medical malpractice case. But instead of accepting an easy cash settlement, he takes the powerful defendant to court.
Cast : Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O'Shea, Lindsay Crouse,
Director : Sidney Lumet

May 31  Tuesday 1!:00 pm

Erin Brockovich

Julia Roberts earned an Oscar in this unconventional drama based on actual events for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich, a twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra.
Cast : Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Marg Helgenberger, Cherry Jones, Veanne Cox, Conchata Ferrell, Tracey Walter, Peter Coyote
Director : Steven Soderbergh

June 7th    Tuesday 1:00pm
Inherit the Wind
 1960 NR 2h 8m 
Spencer Tracy (in an Oscar-nominated role) and Fredric March square off as opposing attorneys Henry Drummond and Matthew Harrison Brady, respectively, in this blistering courtroom drama about the famed 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial," in which a Tennessee teacher was taken to task for teaching Darwinism in the classroom. The film also earned Oscar nods for its editing, screenplay and cinematography. Gene Kelly co-stars as a newspaper reporter.
Cast : Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Fredric March, Dick York, Donna Anderson, Harry Morgan, Elliott Reid
Director : Stanley Kramer

June 14th  Tuesday 1:00pm
The Rainmaker
1997 PG-13 2h 15m 
When young attorney Rudy Baylor goes to work for a seedy ambulance chaser, he wants to help the parents of a terminally ill boy sue their insurance company. But to take on corporate America, Rudy and a scrappy paralegal must open their own law firm.
Cast : Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Claire Danes, Mary Kay Place, Dean Stockwell, Teresa Wright, Virginia Madsen, Mickey Rourke
Director : Francis Ford Coppola

June 21st Tuesday 1:00pm
The Lincoln Lawyer
 2011 R 1h 59m 
Tasked with defending rich lothario Louis Roulet, who's been charged with assault, lawyer Mick Haller finds himself and his family in danger when he deduces the truth behind this and former cases he's worked on.
Cast : Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Peña, Bob Gunton, Frances Fisher, Bryan Cranston
Director : Brad Furman
 
 

June 28th  Tuesday 1:00pm
A Few Good Men
1992 R 2h 18m 
When cocky military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee and his co-counsel, Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, are assigned to a murder case, their investigation uncovers a hazing ritual that could implicate high-ranking officials.
Cast : Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, J.T. Walsh, James Marshall, Wolfgang Bodison, Christopher Guest, J.A. Preston, Matt Craven, Xander Berkeley, Noah Wyle, John M. Jackson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Joshua Malina
Director : Rob Reiner