Category Archives: Culture

Film Series: Pierrot le Fou

1965. France. Dir: Jean-Luc Godard. With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina. 115 min.


Belmondo and Karina take to the road, leaving the bourgeoisie behind for a candy-colored crime spree. French New Wave auteur Godard creates a cinematic comic strip filled with critiques of consumer culture, a wild ride that rejects, with joyous abandon, the conventions of traditional filmmaking.

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

Film Series: Fantastic Mr. Fox

2009. USA. Dir: Wes Anderson. With George Clooney, Meryl Streep. Animated. 88 min.


Bored with subterranean home life and yearning for his wild criminal past, Clooney’s titular canid plans one last big chicken heist that upends his whole community. The bespoke stop-motion world feels (quite literally) made for Anderson’s stylistic quirks – as reconfirmed by the recently released Isle of Dogs.

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

Film Series: Casablanca

1942. USA. Dir: Michael Curtiz. With Ingrid Bergman. 102 min. 35mm print.


Of all the bars in all the towns in all the world, Bergman had to walk into Bogart’s, with a French resistance leader on her arm and the Nazis on their tail. Beyond the gorgeous cinematography and the quotable screenplay, this film tells an intimate story about the struggle of moving on from lost love that remains stirring 75 years after release.

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

All Campus Email: Daniel Handler Withdraws as Commencement Speaker, Anita Hill to Speak

Around 4 PM today, President Roth sent out an email update notifying campus that Daniel Handler ’92 has stepped down from delivering the Commencement Speech for the Class of 2018. Dr. Anita Hill will instead be delivering the address at the event.

This decision follows Sarah Chen Small ’18‘s write-in as well as the her leading a student response which involved #CancelHandler posters put around campus earlier this week. This is a great example of how student activism can pressure the administration to check their actions. Honestly, this is amazing.

Read past the jump for the full text of the email:

Lunch with Rabbi Jonah Pesner ’90

Talia Kaplan ’18 writes in:

Join Rabbi Jonah Pesner ‘90 director of the Religious Action Center (RAC), for a conversation about why pursuing social and economic justice is core to Judaism and how Jews can join with people of all faiths and no faiths to combat white supremacy, systemic racism, and transform communities to effect positive change. Recently, Rabbi Pesner has been involved in calls for a clean Dream Act: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rabbis-arrested-daca-protest_us_5a5f8b13e4b046f0811c6213

This lunch is a collaboration between the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Wesleyan Jewish Community (WJC). All are welcome, regardless of religion and political views. Free, vegetarian food provided.

Date: Tuesday, February 27
Time: 11:50 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
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Film Series: The Band Wagon

1953. USA. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. With Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse. 112 min. 35mm print.


A fading musical star seeks to remedy his career woes by putting on a show, and, boy, does he put on a show! Minnelli’s delightful, nostalgic showbiz film a? clef reveals MGM’s Freed production unit at the height of its art, resulting in some of the silver screen’s sheerest kinetic bliss. As the song goes: “that’s entertainment!”

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

Film Series: Oldboy

2003. South Korea. Dir: Park Chan-wook. With Choi Min-sik. 120 min.


After a drunken night on the town, a businessman is kidnapped and locked in a room for fifteen years, watching his life fall apart on television and readying to charge after those responsible. This vicious thriller from the director of The Handmaiden combines an intriguing mystery, brutally realistic action scenes, and a critique of the revenge film’s cyclical violence.

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

Film Series: Past Life

2016. Israel. Dir: Avi Nesher. With Nelly Tagar, Joy Reiger. 109 min.


Inspired by true events, this thriller tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters – one an introverted ambitious classical music composer, the other a combative liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery that has cast a foreboding shadow on their entire lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices.

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

Film Series: The Watermelon Woman

1996. USA. Dir: Cheryl Dunye. With Dunye, Guinevere Turner. 90 min.


is comic social critique, supposedly the first feature directed by a Black lesbian, follows a fictionalized version of Dunye researching an African-American actress from the 1930s. In uncovering this past rife with racial stereotypes and personal parallels, she is forced to confront her own relationship with an oft- ignorant white woman.

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