COURTROOM DRAMA IN THE MOVIES
F 2017

        Some of the most dramatic and memorable movies involve courtroom battles and the best of them illuminate important social and political issues.  A movie can deal with an issue with immediacy, rather than philosophical detachment.  That is what imprints them in the minds of the viewers.  This SDG will explore movies which have become classics due to their dramatic presentations and their treatment of ideas and, not least, because they are engrossing movies. We will view each movie before the meeting and then discuss how the movie makes its points, the roles of the lawyers and judge, the filmmaker’s skill, the social or political issues, how the trial deals with the issues, whether a trial is an appropriate forum for resolution of those issues and whether the movie is effective at either demonstrating the issue or arguing one side of the issue. The idea is to discuss one movie each week.  However, it will be possible to include additional movies if participants feel strongly about them.