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Canada has a glorious history of producing world-class classical music performers. In this rich and widely varied session, Don Anderson demonstrates just how bountifully we have been blessed. It offers CD and DVD performances by such artists as pianists Glenn Gould, Marc-André Hamelin, Anton Kuerti, Angela Hewitt, and Janina Fialkowska; violinist James Ehnes; singers Maureen Forrester, Lois Marshall, Ben Heppner, and Tracy Dahl; and the symphony orchestras of Winnipeg, Toronto and Montréal. Happy 150th birthday, Canada!
Wednesday Oct 4, 2017
10:00am to 12:15pm
Fee: $30


Fred who? High Noon, From Here to Eternity Fred, that’s who! Immensely successful during his lengthy career, but largely neglected in recent years, director Fred Zinnemann created a superlative body of work that excels in powerful emotions, excellent acting, literate, mature scripts and meticulous production values. In short, he was a class act all the way, and this enormously entertaining course gives him the retrospective tribute he richly deserves. Don Anderson will enhance your enjoyment of the films with extensive background information, including absorbing interviews and numerous excerpts from Zinnemann’s autobiography.

The Search (1948): This deeply moving drama follows a Czech boy’s search for his mother in the rubble of post-second-world-war Germany. Eleven-year-old Ivan Jandl received a special outstanding juvenile performance Oscar for this film, and Montgomery Clift made his screen debut as a kindly American soldier who helps him. It brought Zinnemann the first of his seven nominations for the best director Oscar.
High Noon (1952): On his wedding day, the principled marshal of a small western town (Gary Cooper) must face a gang of vengeful outlaws without help from the people he protects, in this heart-pounding suspense classic. Co-starring Grace Kelly and Lloyd Bridges, it won four Oscars, including best actor for Cooper.
From Here to Eternity (1953): This searing drama focuses on a group of American soldiers, stationed in Hawaii, leading up to the Pearl Harbour attack. The stellar cast includes Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra (supporting actor Oscar), and Donna Reed (supporting actress). It received 13 Oscar nominations and won eight, including picture and director.
A Man for All Seasons (1966): Sixteenth-century English statesman Sir Thomas More wrestles with his conscience as King Henry VIII pressures him to approve the king’s divorce. Paul Scofield’s towering lead performance won an Oscar, and the film received five additional Oscars including picture and director. The exceptional cast includes Wendy Hiller, Susanna York, Robert Shaw, John Hurt, Leo McKern and Orson Welles.
The Day of the Jackal (1973): Zinnemann’s gripping, semi-documentary-style suspense drama details the intricacies of a plot to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle. Edward Fox stars as The Jackal, a resourceful and determined hit man.
Julia (1977): Based on renowned author Lillian Hellmann’s book of character sketches, this compelling drama follows her relationship with a childhood friend who draws her into a dangerous political mission to Europe on the brink of the Second World War. Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave head the cast. The film received 11 Oscar nominations, including picture and director, and it won for supporting actress (Redgrave), supporting actor (Jason Robards), and adapted screenplay.

Six Tuesdays, Oct 24 to Nov 28, 2017
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fee: $100


Come and enjoy a feast of some of the most colourful and melodic music in the world! In this enchanting survey of Scandinavian classics, Don Anderson takes you beyond the familiar works of Grieg and Sibelius (although they’re included, of course!) to mine a treasure chest of engaging, mostly folk-flavoured works from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, spanning the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Examples of authentic folk melodies will show you the roots of this music. Featured performers on CD and DVD include conductors Leonard Bernstein, Sir Simon Rattle, Neeme Järvi, Sir Colin Davis, Herbert von Karajan and Sir Thomas Beecham, pianist Emil Gilels, violinists Maxim Vengerov and Gil Shaham, singers Barbara Bonney and Anne Sofie von Otter, and percussion superstar Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Five Tuesdays, March 13 to April 10, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fee: $100


By popular demand, Don Anderson presents another collection of superlative screen adaptations of classic novels. The five books were written by revered authors from England, the USA, and France, and appeared over more than a century of time: 1831 to 1939. The films were released over a period of 40 years, 1939 to 1979. They received 31 Oscar nominations – four of them were nominated for best picture – and won 10 Academy Awards. Don will introduce each film with extensive background information, and absorbing interviews and documentaries will enhance your enjoyment.

Wuthering Heights (1939): The mist-shrouded moors of central England are the setting for this passionate romance, from Emily Brontë’s celebrated 1847 novel. The cast is headed by Laurence Olivier in his star-making role, and Merle Oberon in her finest performance. Eight Oscar nominations (including picture, director and actor) and one win.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939): In this greatest of all screen versions of French author Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, the pathetic bell-ringer of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral falls in love with a beautiful gypsy girl. Charles Laughton gives an unforgettable performance in the lead role, ably supported by Maureen O’Hara in her Hollywood debut. This lavishly produced and deeply moving film received Oscar nominations for music and sound.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940): This superlative adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1939 novel follows a family of migrant workers through the dust bowl years of the Great Depression. It received seven Oscar nominations and won for director (John Ford, the second of his four Academy Awards) and supporting actress (Jane Darwell). Henry Fonda heads the cast.
The Heiress (1949): Henry James’s 1880 novel Washington Square was the basis for this excellent drama set in New York high society. Olivia de Havilland took home an Oscar for her brilliant performance as a shy young woman who lives under the thumb of her cold-hearted father (Sir Ralph Richardson). Montgomery Clift co-stars as her suitor. Master director William Wyler’s film was nominated for eight Oscars and won four.
Tess (1979): Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles came to the screen in this gorgeously photographed and touching film. Nastassia Kinski, Peter Firth and Leigh Lawson head the cast, in the story of an innocent young country girl beset by the strict moral standards of her day. The film received six Oscar nominations and won for cinematography, art direction and costume design. Please note: this session will run approximately three hours and 30 minutes.

Five Tuesdays, April 17 to May 15, 2018
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, except as noted
Fee: $80

All these courses take place in the Community Classroom at McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave. To register, please call 204 475 0483, drop by the store, or log on to and click on Community Classroom. Please note that contents, fees and dates are subject to change.