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Film Series

The Division of Humanities and the Division of Languages and Literature is pleased to jointly offer a thought-provoking film series each semester.  A brief introduction will be given prior to showing each film so participants can understand the context of the film, as well as its historical and/or literary significance.  A follow-up discussion will be held after each showing.  These evenings are meant to be fun, thought-provoking and interactive.  Everyone is welcome!

Check with your instructor to find out if extra credit will be given for participation in the series.

Fall 2009 Film Series

In October four "horror" themed films will be shown.  But the themes that frighten often indicate the societal concerns of the era.  These four films were chosen for their representation of the historical setting as well as their classic and literary impact.

 

 

 

Spring 2009 Film Series

     

         1984 

Thursday, March 26, 6:00pm 

In 1948, George Orwell wrote the thought-provoking book that is the basis of this movie.  A brief introduction will discuss the book as Orwell's indictment against totalitarian regimes, such as the one expanding out of the Soviet Union at the time he wrote.  Terms such as "Big Brother" and "doublethink" have their origin in Orwell's timeless classic.  After watching the film, the group will explore ways in which the themes still resonate and have been used in such varied ways as product and political advertising.  Film is rated R for violence and nudity.

Forbidden Planet

Thursday, April 2, 6:00pm 

During the 1950s, American cinema had an unprecedented preoccupation with science-fiction.  Shakespeare's The Tempest has been re-made in a variety of formats, but in this film space travel becomes the method for a cautionary encounter.  Attendees will explore remaking Shakespeare as well as reasons for the decade's fascination with science-fiction.

  

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Thursday, April 9, 6:00pm

This classic film emerged at the height of the Cold War hysteria.  It deals with one man's struggle against the alien pods taking over his town.  The basic themes regarding conformity and the gradual loss of humanity still resonate.  Based on Jack Finney's magazine serial, this story has been remade several times, but the best is still the original.  Attendees will discuss who the pod people represent (Communists? something else?) as well as how later remakes sought to change the film to represent contemporary concerns, 

Farenheit 451                                  

Thursday, April 16, 6:00pm 

Ray Bradbury's classic book about censorship provides the basic storyline for this movie.  A fireman whose job is to burn books begins to question what he is being asked to do.  After the film, attendees will discuss censorship and how it was and is being used in places such as Hitler's Germany and Communist China.

    
 
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