FILM SOCIETY PROGRAM TERM 4, 2017
– Coordinators: Rick Thompson & Aileen Harland
1 – 3 pm Thursday – Auditorium.
Note that films marked * will be shown with subtitles for the hard of hearing.
Oct 12 *COMING HOME, USA, 1978, 126 mins. Directed by Hal Ashby. With Jane Fonda and Jon Voight. Two men return from war: one scarred physically, the other psychologically. A searing indictment of the Vietnam War, and of the darkness and despair that engulfs all those involved.
Oct 19 *THE BABADOOK, Australia, 2013, 90 mins. Directed by Jennifer Kent. With Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman. A widowed mother must deal with her young son’s increasing fear of monsters and death, apparently arising from a book…
Oct 26 *THE PIANO, Australia, 1993, 117 mins. Directed by Jane Campion. With Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill. Ada, under a forced marriage arrangement, travels to New Zealand with her daughter and her one treasure – a piano. Campion weaves an erotic tale of desire and fulfilment, set against the backdrop of a harsh, uncompromising environment.
Nov 2 *TO BE OR NOT TO BE, USA, 1942, 99 mins. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. With Jack Benny, Carole Lombard, and Robert Stack. Slyly directed by comedy great Ernst Lubitsch just before the US entered the war in Europe, this is the tale of a Warsaw theatre company’s struggles with Hitler and Nazism.
Nov 9 HOUSE BY THE RIVER, USA, 1949, 85 mins. Directed by Fritz Lang. With Louis Hayward, Lee Bowman, and Jane Wyatt. Classic director Lang (M; METROPOLIS; etc.) explores the erotic aspects of postwar film noir in a moral nightmare of murder and perverse romance.
Nov 16 *SPIRITED AWAY, Japan, 2001, 125 mins. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Animation genius Miyazaki’s fantasy about young Chihiro’s discovery of a spirit world, which proves both complicating and useful when her parents are mysteriously transformed.
Nov 23 BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, USA, 2005, 135 mins. Directed by Ang Lee. With Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams. Two young men meet working on a sheep ranch and build an increasingly close relationship, which proves more complicated when both marry.
Nov 30 SHOWBOAT, USA, 1936, 113 mins. Directed by James Whale. With Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Paul Robeson, Helen Morgan. Songs and music by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. The “cast of thousands” musical which established the genre in the form that continued in Hollywood for decades — and made a national star of black performer Paul Robeson. Period film about a C.19 touring steamboat theatrical company and its romances.