Film Society

Thursday – Term 4

Film Society: 1.30 – 3.30 pm – Auditorium.

Coordinators: Rick Thompson, Aileen Harland

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

Oct 15BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, France, 1946, 93 mins. Directed by Jean Cocteau.   With Jean Marais, Josette Day. Cocteau presents an elaborately stylised and inventive version of the classic fairytale of a beautiful girl and her interaction with a weird but kind bizarre creature, all in Cocteau’s very inventive visual imagination.
Oct 27IT 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).
Oct 29NOTORIOUS, USA, 1946, 102 mins. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. With Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Claude Rains. Very busy Hitchcock film as American agent Grant enlists a woman with a past, Bergman, to help him spy on Nazis in post-war Rio de Janeiro.  Things become very Hitchcock as Bergman marries one of the Nazis (Rains):  naturally, things get more and more complicated.
Nov 5*ALICE, Czechoslovakia, 1989, 84 mins. A very inventive, surreal,   version of Alice in Wonderland as Alice follows the White Rabbit into an increasingly strange other world, mixing live action and animation very inventively. Bizarre developments ensue.
Nov 12*THE OYSTER PRINCESS, Germany, 1919, 60 mins. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch.  With Ossi Oswalda, Victor Janson. Before coming to Hollywood director, Lubitsch was a major German silent director, noted for his sly “Lubitsch Touch “.  In this film, an Oyster tycoon tries to find a prince to marry his daughter; many problems arise, along with a beautiful foxtrot sequence.
Nov 19*THE VIRGIN SPRING, Sweden, 1960, 89 mins.. Directed by Ingmar Bergman. With Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg.  Bergman paints a beautiful and cruel medieval world of paganism and Christianity, centred on a father dealing with the death of a child.
Nov 27FOOTLIGHT PARADE, USA, 1933, 104 mins. Directed by Busby Berkeley. With James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell.  Berkeley completely reworks a backstage musical story into a completely new cinematic form, using the new possibilities of filmic space and time. Remarkable musical numbers making the most of cinematic possibilities.