Seminar: Duck Soup

Monday, June 4
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“I’m a movie critic because when I was 14 I stayed up late to watch the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup on TV and fell right down the rabbit hole of classic film comedy. I’d never seen anything like it — I still haven’t — and I wanted more.” — Ty Burr

Dive in deep on the Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup, with a seminar on the film taught by the Boston Globe’s Ty Burr. For a BBC Culture poll, Burr ranked the film as one of the funniest of all time, noting that “it’s a movie whose ferocious political surrealism seems more relevant than ever.” Seminar attendees will hear Burr will present a short lecture in our Screening Room, watch the film on 35mm in Moviehouse 1, and stay to participate in a post-film discussion led by Burr.



About the Speaker

Ty Burr is the Boston Globe’s film critic and cultural columnist. He has been at the paper since 2002. Prior to that, he wrote for Entertainment Weekly and programmed movies for Home Box Office. Burr is the author of “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame” (2012), “The Best Old Movies for Families” (2007), and the e-book “The 50 Movie Starter Kit: What You Need to Know if You Want to Know What You’re Talking About” (2012). He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. He lives in Newton, MA.

About Coolidge Education Seminars

Want to learn more about some of your favorite classic films? Coolidge Education is excited to introduce new one-night seminars at select Big Screen Classics events. Attendees can sign up to hear a 30 minute lecture before the film from an expert, and then stick around after the screening for a 45 minute moderated discussion with other seminar attendees. Tickets are $25 ($22 for Coolidge members and students) and include a reserved seat for the film screening.