Film Festival

film viewing

All films are shown in the Film Viewing Room in the Charles DeCarlo Performing Arts Center.

For more information about the festival call the Office of College Events at (914) 395-2411.

Sponsored by the Student Senate, the Office of the Dean, The Foreign Languages Departments and the Esther Raushenbush Library.

Admission is free

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Before the Revolution 6:00 pm
Bernardo Bertolucci/Italy/1964/115 min
The 22-year old Bertolucci explores a young manÕs dilemma: will he embrace a life of social and political radicalism, or submit to the bourgeois status quo. In Italian with English subtitles.

All films are shown in the Film Viewing Room in the Charles DeCarlo Performing Arts Center.

For more information about the festival call the Office of College Events at (914) 395-2411.

Sponsored by the Student Senate, the Office of the Dean, The Foreign Languages Departments and the Esther Raushenbush Library.

Admission is free

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Before the Revolution 6:00 pm
Bernardo Bertolucci/Italy/1964/115 min
The 22-year old Bertolucci explores a young manÕs dilemma: will he embrace a life of social and political radicalism, or submit to the bourgeois status quo. In Italian with English subtitles.

I, The Worst of All 8:30 pm
Maria-Luisa Bemberg/1990/Argentina/105 min
In this adaptation of an Octavio Paz book, The Traps of Faith, 17th-century Mexican poet Sor Juana develops a passionate but chaste relationship with the wife of the Spanish viceroy and writes love poems to her. The archbishop persecutes Sor Juana, burns her books and condemns her work. It examines the tension between church and crown, as the viceroy supports Sor Juana. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Oblomov 10:30 pm
Nikita Mikhailov/USSR/1981/145 min
A production of the classic Goncharov novel about a symbolically inert Russian aristocrat, whose childhood friend helps him find a reason for action. In Russian with English subtitles.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26

War and Peace (Part I) 5:00 pm
Sergei Bondarchuk/USSR/1968/233 min
This is the definitive film version of Tolstoy's novel. A dazzling work, it was the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film. In Russian with English subtitles.

Gospel According to St. Matthew 9:15 pm
Pier Paolo Pasolini/Italy-France/1966/135 min
Unconventional, austere film, with an amateur cast, on the life and teachings of Christ, based solely on writings of the Apostle. In French with English subtitles.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Spider's Strategem 3:00 pm
Bernardo Bertolucci/Italy/1970/100 min
A young man visits the provincial town where his anti-Fascist father was assassinated 30 years earlier and is rejected by the populace at every turn. Stunning color cinematography, by Vittorio Storaro, enhances this exceedingly atmospheric puzzler from a Jorge Luis Borges short story. In Italian with English subtitles.

War and Peace (Part II) 5:30 pm
Sergei Bondarchuk/USSR/1968/170 min

Keita: The Heritage of the Griot 8:30 pm
Dani Kouyate/Burkina Faso/1994/94 min
Based on one of the most important works of African oral literature, The Sundjata Epic, the film frames its dramatization of this legend within the story of a contemporary young African's initiation into the history of his family. When a master griot, or bard, arrives mysteriously to teach Òthe meaning of his name,Ó boy and griot are brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and a schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition. In Jula and French with English subtitles.

O Amor Natural 10:30 pm
Heddy Honigmann/Brazil/1997/76 min
Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-87) wrote erotic poems he chose not to have published in his lifetime, afraid they would be thought pornographic. Honigmann takes the poetry into the bars, markets, and beaches of Rio de Janeiro and asks a number of elderly locals to read the poetry for her camera and comment on the imagery. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Faust 6:00 pm
F. W. Murnau/Germany/1926/117 min
The classic German silent is based on the legend of Faust, who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for youth. Based on Goethe's poem, and directed by Murnau. This is a classic example of German expressionism.

Faust 8:30 pm
Jan Svankmajer/Czech Republic/1994/97 min
This is an astounding version of the myth of Dr. Faustus. Merging live action with stop-motion and claymation, the filmmaker has created an unsettling universe presided over by diabolic life-sized marionettes and haunted by skulking human messengers from hell.

The Jew 10:30 pm
Jom Tob Azulay/Portugal/1996/85 min
A portrait of 18th century playwright, Antonio Jose da Silva, whose family was forcibly converted from their Jewish faith by the Catholic church. Living in Lisbon, da Silva founded a puppet theater for which he wrote comic operas. Eventually condemned for heresy, he was executed by the Inquisition in 1739. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 29

The Saragossa Manuscript 9:00 pm
Wojciech J. Has/Poland/1965/174 min
This romantic, fantastic and witty tale chronicles the adventures of a Walloon guard under the king of Spain. He must pass numerous tests in order to prove his courage, honesty and honor in order to become a member of the powerful Mauretanian family. It is based on Jan Potocki's The Manuscript Found in Saragossa. In Polish with English subtitles.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

The Kaiser's Lackey 6:00 pm
Wolfgang Staudte/1951/Germany/103 min
Young Diederich is frightened of everything, but as he grows he realizes that he has to serve the powers-that-be to gain power himself. His new motto: bow to those at the top and tread on those below. In this way he achieves success in school and in business and finds a chance to do his beloved Kaiser a favor. Based on Heinrich Mann's Der Untertan, the film unmasks in stinging fashion who again and again has himself roped in for military and war efforts. In German with English subtitles.

The Tin Drum 8:00 pm
Volker Schlondorff/Germany/1979/142 min
Mesmerizing adaptation of the Gunter Grass novel. Three-year-old Oskar ceases to grow physically as the Nazis take power in Germany and beats out his anger on his drum. Deservedly won a Best Foreign Film Academy Award. In German with English subtitles.

Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom 11:00 pm
Pier Paolo Pasolini/Italy/1975/117 min
Controversial, disturbing adptation of de Sade's novel, set during World War II in Italy, where Fascist rulers brutalize and degrade adolescents. A painful exploration of sadism, scatology, and debauchery. This was Pasolini's final film. In Italian with English subtitles.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

The Lower Depths 5:30 pm
Akira Kurosawa/Japan/1957/125 min
Kurosawa's adaptation of the Gorky play about the inhabitants of a low-rent hovel makes use of the conventions of Noh theater. In Japanese with English subtitles.

La Belle Noiseuse 8:00 pm
Jacques Rivette/France/1990/240 min
The connections between art and life are explored in this beautiful drama about an aging, creatively crippled painter. When a younger artist and his beautiful lover come for a visit, the painter, newly inspired, makes the young woman the model for his unfinished masterpiece, La Belle Noiseuse. The film details every nuance of his work, and examines the battle of wills between artist and model over the symbiotic creative process. Based on a Balzac novella. In French with English subtitles.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3

Lancelot of the Lake 4:30 pm
Robert Bresson/France/1974/85 min
The Knights of the Round Table return to the court of King Arthur after a long, bloody and fruitless search for the Holy Grail. Rivalries and jealousies debase the heroes as Lancelot struggles with his feelings for Queen Guinevere. In French with English subtitles.

Ashik Kerib 6:30 pm
Sergei Paradjanov/USSR/1988/75 min
Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for 1001 nights. Adapted from a story by Mikhail Lermontov, the film employs a series of visually ravishing Òtableaux vivantsÓ overlaid with Turkish and Azerbaijani folksongs. In Georgian with English subtitles.

Orpheus 8:00 pm
Jean Cocteau/France/1949 French/95 min
This compelling cinematic allegory is set in modern times with poet Jean Marais encountering the Princess of Death; it explores their mutual fascination. In French with English subtitles.

Solaris 10:30 pm
Andrei Tarkovsky/USSR/1972/165 min
Mind-bending, metaphysical science fiction film about a psychologist who is sent to a space station to investigate mysterious deaths and discovers supernatural phenomena. This is a hypnotic tour de force by Tarkovsky, who also cowrote the screenplay. In Russian with English subtitles.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

Mother Joan of the Angels 4:00 pm
Jerzy Kawalerowicz/Poland/1960/108 min
A priest is investigating demonic possession among nuns in a 17th century Polish convent. The exorcist and the Mother Superior become attracted to one another. This is a powerful allegory of good vs. evil and chastity vs. eroticism. It is based on actual events, as well as a variety of literary and operatic sources, most notably Huxley's The Devils of Loudun. In Polish with English subtitles.

The Mahabharata 6:00 pm
Peter Brook/France-England/1989/318 min
Adapted from the myths and folklore of ancient India, this version of the nine-hour stage play is the story of a devastating war between two powerful clans. Sections are "The Game of Dice," "Exile in the Forest," and "The War."

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

The Idiot 3:00 pm
Akira Kurosawa/Japan/195/166 min
An updated version of the Dostoyevsky novel, transported to postwar Japan, about a prince and his friend who love the same woman. Coscripted by Kurosawa. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Aguirre: The Wrath of God 6:00 pm
Werner Herzog/Germany/1972/94 min
Powerful, hypnotic tale of a deluded conquistador who leads a group of men away from Pizarro's 1560 South American expedition in search of seven cities of gold. In German with English subtitles.

Wend Kuuni 8:30 pm
Gaston Kabore/Burkina Faso/1982/70 min
Set in Burkina Faso before the coming of Islam or Christianity, a mute and memoryless child is found by a peddler and adopted by the peddler's village. One day the boy finds a body hanging from a tree. Shocked, he recovers his speech and tells the story of his tragic past, when he and his mother were cast out of their own village. When his mother dies, the boy is bereft of family and tradition. Without these ties to his history, he lost both memory and speech. In More with English subtitles.

Don Quixote 10:00 pm
Grigori Kozintsev/1957/USSR/135 min
This is an excellent and faithful adaptation of the Cervantes novel. Nikolai Cherkassov brings to the tragi-comic knight a level of demented dignity. Location scenes, resembling the Iberian plain, were shot in the Crimea. In Russian with English subtitles.

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