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DUE TO COVID-19, ALL EVENTS ARE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

ESSENTIAL VIEWING

Jan 22: BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN |  Feb 5: FESTEN/THE CELEBRATION
Mar 11: SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE  |  April 1: MEMENTO  |  May 6: AMARCORD

 

BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN
Wednesday, Jan 22nd at 7:00pm

 

BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN - presented by The UC Film and Media Studies Program, part of our ESSENTIAL VIEWING series VOL 4. This series contains films that UC Film Professors consider Essential Viewing for any film buff!

This film will be introduced by and followed with a Q and A discussion with Professor Evan Turner.

Considered by many to be the greatest film of all time, Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 landmark BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN established the benchmark for montage editing and stands as perhaps the best example of a propaganda film in the entire cinematic canon. A chronicle of a 1905 mutiny, the film is most famous for its "Odessa Steps" sequence that has been referenced in films ranging from THE GODFATHER,THE UNTOUCHABLES, STAR WARS: EPISODE III, Woody Allen's BANANAS and THE NAKED GUN 33 1/3. A staple of Soviet cinema in cinema classes, the epic is on the favorites list of notable filmmakers including Orson Welles, Billy Wilder and Charles Chaplin.

Synopsis: A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.

 

FESTEN/THE CELEBRATION
Wednesday, Feb 5th at 7:00pm

 

FESTEN/ THE CELEBRATION - presented by The UC Film and Media Studies Program, part of our ESSENTIAL VIEWING series VOL 4. This series contains films that UC Film Professors consider Essential Viewing for any film buff!

This film will be introduced by and followed with a Q and A discussion with Professor Chris Carter.

Treading a delicate line as a black comedy with sexual abuse as a core subject matter, the Danish film FESTEN presents a particularly Scandinavian perspective on life that was popular enough with both audiences and critics alike that it earned a slew of awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Featuring a gathering in Denmark of a family that has many secrets like that other Danish clan of HAMLET, FESTEN marked the impressive debut of director Thomas Vinterberg, a frequent collaborator with noted filmmaker Lars von Trier.

Synopsis: It's summertime in Denmark, and at the Great House a celebration is about to begin: Helge Klingenfeldt, patriarch and lord of the manor, is turning sixty. Invitations have been issued, the seating plan drawn up, and now the guests' cars are pulling into the drive up to the entrance: friends, relatives, and of course, the patriarch's next of kin: Elsa, his wonderful wife, and their three grown-up children, Christian, Michael, and Helene. The head of the family is to be fêted in a way nobody will ever forget.

"Thomas Vinterberg's The Celebration mixes farce and tragedy so completely that it challenges us to respond at all." - Roger Ebert

SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE
Wednesday, Mar 11th at 7:00pm

 

SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE - presented by The UC Film and Media Studies Program, part of our ESSENTIAL VIEWING series VOL 4. This series contains films that UC Film Professors consider Essential Viewing for any film buff!

This film will be introduced by and followed with a Q and A discussion with Professor Kevin Burke.

Perhaps only novelist Kurt Vonnegut could combine his experiences as a soldier in World War II with a tale of alien abduction. That's exactly what attracted director George Roy Hill (BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, THE STING) to adapt this work into a rare example of a case where the book's author absolutely loved the film, Vonnegut claiming he "drools and cackles" every time he sees it. A rare case of an American film winning the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE ranks along with CATCH 22 as one of the great stories about the absurdity of war.

Synopsis: "Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." These opening words of Kurt Vonnegut's famous novel make an effective and short summary of SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE where Pilgrim, who survives the horrendous 1945 fire bombing of Dresden, then lives simultaneously in his past as a naïve American POW and in the future as a well-cared-for zoo resident on the planet Tralfamadore.

 

MEMENTO
Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00pm

 

MEMENTO - presented by The UC Film and Media Studies Program, part of our ESSENTIAL VIEWING series VOL 4. This series contains films that UC Film Professors consider Essential Viewing for any film buff!

This film will be introduced by and followed with a Q and A discussion with Professor Morgan Thomas

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98%, the Critics Consensus: "Christopher Nolan skillfully guides the audience through Memento's fractured narrative, seeping his film in existential dread."

Synopsis: A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle.

AMARCORD
Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00pm

 

AMARCORD - presented by The UC Film and Media Studies Program, part of our ESSENTIAL VIEWING series VOL 4. This series contains films that UC Film Professors consider Essential Viewing for any film buff!

This film will be introduced by and followed with a Q and A discussion with Professor Joe Horine

One hundred years after Federico Fellini's birth, he stands as one of the all-time giants of cinema, with AMARCORD ("I remember") as his most auto-biographical representative of his greatness. Set in the 1930s run up to World War II and spoofing the madness of the Mussolini regime as well as the church, the film is a landmark of Fellini's later "circus atmosphere" and won the Academy Award for "Best Foreign Film." Sometimes shocking and always poignant, the often-over-the-top recollections about early school hijinx and adolescent sex are some of the most memorable moments from the entire Fellini canon.

Synopsis: A series of comedic and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

(Want more Fellini?? Stay tuned for a 100 Year Birthday series coming this Summer to the ESQUIRE THEATRE!)

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