FILM SOCIETY PROGRAM TERM 3, 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.
July 20 *CADDIE, Australia, 1976, 100 mins. Directed by Donald Crombie. Set in 1925, CADDIE features Helen Morse in her breakthrough role as a barmaid in Sydney, working to support her two children. Considered a key film of the Australian New Wave Cinema of the 1970s. 4 AFI awards for acting.
July 27 LIMELIGHT, USA, 1952, 134 mins. Directed by Charles Chaplin. With Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Clair Bloom. At the end of his career as an actor and director, Chaplin made this film about an ageing comedian helping an ailing ballet dancer. The core of the film is Chaplin’s interplay with his only real-life competitor for silent comedy greatness, actor/director Buster Keaton.
Aug 3 *OCTOBER, USSR, 1927, 103 mins. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein w/Grigori Alexandrov. Two years after BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, Eisenstein made this ambitious historical celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Russian Revolution. A change of government forced last minute editing cuts and changes after Eisenstein’s 1948 death. Alexandrov went back to archive materials and recreated the original film, this version.
Aug 10 *MEAN STREETS, USA, 1973, 112 mins. Directed by Martin Scorsese. With Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel. Scorsese’s breakthrough film draws heavily on his first-generation upbringing in New York’s Little Italy. In addition, De Niro’s performance as small-time gangster, Johnny Boy, also made him a star.
Aug 17 THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, USA, 2009, 90 mins. Directed by R.J. Cutler. For the first time Vogue Magazine opened up its complex operations, culture, and personnel to documentation – by R.J. Cutler (THE WAR ROOM). Much detail about the structure and procedures of this fashion icon.
Aug 24 *WOMEN OF THE NIGHT, Japan, 1948, 74 mins. Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. One of Japan’s greatest film directors, Mizoguchi specializes in women and their world. Here he examines the lives of two sisters and a friend who, caught up in the post-war social collapse and chaos, descend into prostitution in the criminal underworld.
Aug 31 ANIMAL FARM, Great Britain, 1954, 80 mins. Directed by John Halas and Joy Batchelor. Screenplay by George Orwell, among others. Animated version of his 20th Century classic political parable, it details the organisation of a revolt by pigs against their farmer – and the unpredictable problems that ensue as a result.
Sept 7 *JOHNNY GUITAR, USA, 1954, 105 mins. Directed by Nicholas Ray. With Joan Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, Sterling Hayden. Unusual 1950s Western from the director of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE: when the railroad comes to town, it brings to a boil the feud between two women for control thereof. Ambiguous gender roles, sexual tensions, and of course a final violent confrontation; all in a women’s western.
Sept 14 CHICAGO, USA, 2002, 113 mins. Directed by Rob Marshall. With Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta Jones. In 1970s Chicago, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart face the death penalty for murder. Based on the 1975 Broadway musical, CHICAGO, along with MOULIN ROUGE (2001), is considered to be responsible for the re-emergence of the musical genre in the 21st Century.