Course Details

920: For the Love of Siblings: Film to Understand Family Relationships

February 14-17
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Using the movie, Whales of August (with Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Ann Southern, and Vincent Price), we will learn about the range of feelings—the ambivalence—aging siblings feel towards each other. This film is an excellent presentation of the love of siblings—the last of their family—as well as the underlying resentments and conflicts from more than 70 or 80 years. We will see excerpts of the film demonstrating the theme of loyalty, frozen images from when they were little, their family-assigned roles as children, and how they negotiate and deal with anger (and sexuality) in their senior years. You will be warmed, charmed, and made to think!

Class Type: Discussion

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Karen Gail Lewis

Karen Gail Lewis has taught OLLI courses on Understanding Families Through Plays for a decade. She is a family therapist, practicing for 50 years and has authored numerous books about marriage, gender relationships, singles, and adult siblings.