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

All lectures cancelled until further notice

Feb 6  *BROKEN BLOSSOMS, (USA. 1919, 90 MINUTES) Directed by D.W.Griffith. Silent film, with Lillian Gish,  Richard Barthelmess and Donald Crisp. “Broken Blossoms” is the story of two wounded, abused, seemingly hopeless individuals who find comfort and strength in one another. The Chinaman (Richard Barthelmess) and little Lucy Burrows (Lillian Gish) are as different as night is to day, however they complement each other: Lucy gives the Chinaman respect as a human being, he in turn gives Lucy affection and love.

Feb 13  *THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. (USA, 1938, 102 mins.) Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Errol Flynn, Olivia de Haviland, Claude Rains, Basil Rathbone. In addition to telling the Robin Hood legend, this film is an archetypal synthesis of all the new cinematic techniques developed since the coming of synchronised sound: remarkable uses of color, space, time, music, magnificent sets, narrative structure, and performance. A classic.

Feb 20  *THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. (USA, 1995, 129 mins.) Directed by Clint Eastwood. With Eastwood, Meryl Streep. As a director, Eastwood moved across many genres; here it is the romantic difficulties of photographer Eastwood and a housewife Meryl Streep, settled in their ways until they meet and must refashion their lives.

Feb 27  *REAR WINDOW. USA, 1954, 115 mins.) With James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr. In the 1950s, Hitchcock refashioned the suspense film genre: here housebound photographer Stewart witnesses through his window ambiguous events of his neighbours and builds them into an increasing narrative of crime…

Mar 5  *THE BLUE ANGEL. (Germany, 1930, 106 mins.) Directed  by Josef von  Sternberg.  With Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings. As sound became  the  norm,  von  Sternberg  used  this  film  to  climax  Germany’s  Weimar cinema culture. A puritanical schoolmaster (Jannings) disapprovingly investigates a sexy nightclub singer (Dietrich) but falls for her at first sight and finds his life completely changed.

Mar 12  THE DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND (Australia, 1976, 107 mins.) Directed by Fred Schepisi. Starring Arthur Dignan, Nick Tate and Simon Burke. Set in 1953, Schepisi’s focus is on the conflicted ways people react in circumstances governed by rules that run counter to natural impulses. Oppression does not fit into the natural landscape of this world: the sensual images involving the young boys are constantly interrupted by the jarring images of their keepers, in their black cassocks, looking alien and out of place in this Australian wilderness.

Mar 19  IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. (USA, 1934, 105 mins.) Directed by Frank Capra. With Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert. Frank Capra developed a very large following with his 1930s light romantic comedies. Here runaway heiress Colbert and reporter Clark Gable meet on a cross-country bus ride and are drawn together by one unforeseen event after another. Archetypal 1930s comedy. (As a mark of its popularity, it won all five major Academy Awards that year).

Mar 26  *ONIBABA. (Japan, 1964, 103 mins.) Directed by Kaneto Shindo. With Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura. In the major setting for much classic Japanese cinema, the war-torn Middle Ages, a poor mother and her daughter-in-law murder a samurai and live off the spoils. Things darken, and an ominous demon seals their fate.

Apr 2  *BEND OF THE RIVER. (USA, 1952, 92 mins.) Directed by Anthony Mann. With James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julia Adams. One of series of classic James Stewart westerns by Anthony Mann. Stewart guides a band of pioneers over the Oregon Trail to the Columbia River, in the course of which the pioneers are cheated out of their cattle and chance of settling. Stewart pursues the hijackers and is double-crossed along the way.

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