FILM SOCIETY

1 – 3 pm Thursday – Auditorium.

Note that films marked * will be shown with subtitles for the hard of hearing.

 Feb 8       MURIEL’S WEDDING, Australia, 1994, 105 mins.  Directed by P.J. Hogan.  With Toni Collette, Bill Hunter, Rachel Griffiths.  Classic madcap Australian comedy as Muriel leaves her small town for romantic adventure in the big city – and gets plenty of it.

 

Feb 15      YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, USA, 1937, 86 mins.  Directed by Fritz Lang.  With Henry Fonda, Sylvia Sidney.  The first of Lang’s haunting film noir classics; ex con Fonda is accused of a crime he did not commit and desperately seeks justice – increasingly hard to find.

 

Feb 22      GERMANY YEAR ZERO, Italy, 1947, 71 mins.  Directed by Roberto Rosselini.  With Edmund Moeschke, Ingetraud Hinze.  Italian neo-realist pioneer Rosselini explores the social damage resulting after Berlin’s WWII defeat through its impact on a young German boy and his family.

 

Mar 1       *KING OF COMEDY, USA, 1982, 109 mins.  Directed by Martin Scorsese.  With Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Tony Randall.  In order to advance his career, ambitious comedian De Niro kidnaps talk show host Lewis – then the fun begins.

 

Mar 8       *SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS, USA, 1941, 90 mins.  Directed by Preston Sturges.  With Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake.  From comedy master Sturges, this is a film about film; light comedy director McCrea wants a career change to serious drama, so he hits the road to learn about real life.  Which he does ….

 

Mar 15     *VIRIDIANA, SPAIN, 1961, 91mins.  Directed by Luis Bunuel.  With Sylvia Pinal, Fernando Rey.  Deeply religious novice nun Viridiana must confront a very different worldview: life as an unbridled lecherous banquet.  The film was banned In Spain and condemned by the Vatican; often considered Bunuel’s masterpiece.

 

Mar 22     *PICCADILLY, England, 1929, 109 mins.  Directed by E.A. Dupont.  With Anna May Wong.  A classic of the late silent film era, PICCADILLY follows the rise of Shosho, a scullery maid turned erotic dance sensation, who becomes the object of male repressed desire.  But inter-racial sexual relationships are taboo, and any transgression will bring repercussions that heavily rebound on all involved.

 

Mar 29     *CASABLANCA, USA, 1943, 98 mins.  Directed by Michael Curtiz.  With Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre.  Iconic adventure-romance film set in intrigue-ridden World War II North Africa, mainly in Bogart’s nightclub where he meets Bergman … a classic.

            

Apr 5        *CARMEN JONES, USA, 1954, 105 mins.  Directed by Otto Preminger.  With Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey.  Film version of Oscar Hammerstein II’s all-black adaptation of Bizet’s opera.  Romance, jealousy, and plenty of musical action.

 

 

 

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