Author Archives: Film Board

Film Series: Seven Chances (with LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT)

1925. USA. Dir: Buster Keaton. With Keaton. Approx 90 min, including shorts.

 

Buster can claim his inheritance if he gets married in a day, but the poor lad just can’t seem to catch a break. Either he’s being rejected by every gal he knows, or he’s being chased over streets and hillsides by a hundred ferocious would-be-brides. Live musical accompaniment by Ben Model (MoMA) and some short films round out a night of slapstick hijinks.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Zoolander

2001. USA. Dir: Ben Stiller. With Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor. 89 min.

 

Have you ever wondered if there was more to life other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking? You won’t find the answer inside a computer or a book – especially if you can’t read good – but globally renowned male model Derek Zoolander should be able to point you in the right direction. Unless that direction is left. Then you’re on your own.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: The Ballad of the Weeping Spring

2012. Israel. Dir: Benny Toraty. With Uri Gavriel, Dudu Tassa. 106 min.

 

Two decades after a tragic car crash, lute player Yosef must get his band back together to play an unperformed symphony and fulfill the wishes of a dying friend. This “Falafel Western” – a sort of musical Magnificent Seven – has been hailed for its style and outstanding soundtrack. Speaker: Laura Blum, film critic.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Force Majeure

2014. Sweden. Dir: Ruben Östlund. With Johannes Kuhnke. 118 min.

A picture-perfect Swedish family enjoy their holiday at a gorgeous Alpine ski resort – that is, until the father’s dubious actions during a sudden incident shakes the family balance. With an unexpectedly keen ability to find bleak humor amidst the domestic drama, Östlund coolly observes how a minor annoyance can slowly metastasize into a full-blown marital crisis.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: La Ciénaga

2001. Argentina. Dir: Lucrecia Martel. With Graciela Borges. 103 min.

Two large bourgeois families (and a lot of booze) vacate to a run-down country home; beneath the outward stillness of the summer stupor, everything is primed to explode. A Chekhovian consideration of familial and social dynamics, this film takes a powerful, painful trudge through The Swamp (as its title translates). Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Birdman

2014. USA. Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu. With Michael Keaton. 119 min.

 

A washed-up Hollywood superstar struggles with erratic actors, vicious critics, fatherhood, and his own demons as he prepares to mount an ambitious Broadway production that will reinvent his career. Powerful performances (Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone) and Iñárritu’s bold visual style (a Rope-style long take experiment) intensify the film’s darkly comedic blurring of fantasy and reality.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: The Dove Flyer (a.k.a. Farewell Baghdad)

2013. Israel. Dir: Nissim Dayan. With Daniel Gad, Yasmin Ayun. 105 min.

 

With so much of our attention focused on Iraq’s recent history, this film instead seeks to illuminate the story of Baghdad’s ancient Jewish community and the departure of 130,000 people during its final days in 1950. It is the first film made in the Iraqi-Jewish dialect of Arabic. Speaker: Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Assistant Professor of Religion.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Badlands

1973. USA. Dir: Terrence Malick. With Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek. 95 min.

 

A small town girl is swept up in the whirlwind of a troubled young drifter, joining him on a killing spree across the striking landscapes and radiant horizons of the vast Midwest. Malick’s impressive debut becomes a fairytale of mid-century Americana, its chilling brutality rendered poetic in the trademark lyricism that would come to define the director’s work.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5

Film Series: Pillow Talk

1959. USA. Dir: Michael Gordon. With Doris Day, Rock Hudson. 98 min.

 

Jan: a successful, self-reliant interior decorator. Brad: a Broadway composer and full-time womanizer. With only one telephone line between the two of them, a heated feud unfolds – followed, naturally, by romantic shenanigans. Catchy music, vibrant colors, and a playful approach to widescreen mark this sexy, quintessential rom-com, the first of three Day-Hudson pairings.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Film Series: Blade Runner (The Final Cut)

1982. USA. Dir: Ridley Scott. With Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer. 117 min.

A hard-boiled cop tasked with tracking down and terminating “replicants” – androids engineered to look exactly like humans – grapples with moral quandaries and the nature of self in dim, dystopian L.A. The eerily slow-burning neo-noir has been hailed as a sci-fi paragon for its ornate, imaginative production design and complex philosophical themes.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / $5