FILM SOCIETY

1 – 3.30 pm Thursday – Auditorium.

Coordinators: Rick Thompson, Aileen Harland

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

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING NOTE:  This semester’s focus is on the major changes in film making and film thought during the 1960s as traditional forms merged with modernism.

 

July 26         MODESTY BLAISE, Great Britain, 1966, 119 mins.  Directed by Joseph Losey.  With Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde.  Modesty Blaise, a female James Bond (but with a lot more style) is hired to foil a diamond heist and in the process director Losey colourfully inverts the genre.

Aug 2           BREATHLESS, France, 1960, 90 mins.  Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.  With Jean Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg.  Seen as the film which launched the French New Wave, draws on many cinematic sources modernising all of them, leading viewers into new ways of watching in this crime narrative. 

Aug 9           AGE OF CONSENT, Australia, 1969, 106 mins.  Directed by Michael Powell.  With James Mason, Helen Mirren.  Australia’s response to the New Wave, via veteran director Powell, who draws from Norman Lindsay’s highly controversial novel.  A frustrated painter escapes to an Australian island to find his inspiration, complicated by Mirren’s strange island girl.

Aug 16         THE 400 BLOWS, France, 1959 95 mins.  Directed by Francois Truffaut.  With Jean-Pierre Leaud.  Along with BREATHLESS, one of the first films to internationalise the New Wave.  A very troubled 12 year old boy tries to find his way through difficulties at home and at school.

Aug 23         M*A*S*H, USA 1969, 116 mins.  Directed by Robert Altman with Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould.  Prompted by the genre-inversion hints of the New Wave, Altman inverts the war film genre around a medical corps unit in the Korean war, testing comedy as a response to combat.

Aug 30         *THE RED DESERT, Italy, 1964, 115 mins.  Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni.  With Monica Vitti, Richard Harris.  Antonioni brought a more sombre Italian approach to the New Wave.  It centres on Vitti’s troubled, often alienating, responses to her world.  Very visual.

Sept 6           *FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, Italy, 1965, 132 mins.  Directed by Sergio Leone.   With Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef.  Italian Sergio Leone took the American Western and reworked it, retaining the basics but sharpening them into a new style, in the process creating a new star; Clint Eastwood, and a new industry, The Italian Western.

Sept 13         *PSYCHO, USA, 1960, 109 mins.  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  With Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles.  Perkins runs the eerie Bates Motel, Leigh checks in, leading to the infamous shower scene and ensuing strangeness as her murder is examined.

Sept 20         A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, Great Britain, 1964, 87 mins.  Directed by Richard Lester.  With The Beatles.  Richard Lester sets The Beatles rock n’ roll energy loose, reforming the musical genre and fostering the music video format.

 

 

 

 

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