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Shepherdstown Film Society Announces Fall Film Schedule

Shepherdstown Film Society Announces Fall Film Schedule

The Shepherdstown Film Society is pleased to announce its return to the newly renovated Reynolds Hall on the campus of Shepherd University to begin its fourth year with a series of twelve films. The fall series will return to a Friday night schedule.
The fall series theme is "European Films" with films produced in eight countries and spanning seven decades of moving making.
The film schedule will be as follows with all showings at 7pm:
August 31: "Under the Sun"
September 7: "The Rules of the Game"
September 14: "Amarcord"
September 21: "My Father's Glory"
September 28: "M"
October 12: "Blue"
October 19: "White"
October 26: "Red"
November 16: "Kolja"
November 30: "My Left Foot"
December 7: "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown"
Admission is free and each showing will be followed by a discussion. More information on each film can be found on the Society's website at www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org.
In addition to its regular Friday night films, the Society is also cosponsoring-with Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage Writer in Residence Program- a special showing of "Wonders of the African World: Confronting the Legacy of the African Slave Trade" produced by this year's writer in residence, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. This showing will be on Monday, October 1, at 7pm in Reynolds Hall. Admission is free.
Details of the Society's regular films and the Henry Louis Gates film follow below, in the order in which the films are being shown:
August 31: "Under the Sun" (Swedish, 1998, 130 minutes). Directed by Colin Nutley. Olof, a lonely illiterate farmer, is dependent on his younger friend, Erik, who helps him in the afternoons. Erik brags of having known many women. Olof advertises in the local paper for a young lady housekeeper. Ellen, a middle-class city woman, arrives to take over the house. As the summer goes on, Ellen wins Olof's heart and Erik's desire as well. The film received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film. Not rated.
September 7: "The Rules of the Game" (French, 1939, 110 minutes). Directed by Jean Renoir. A dashing French aviator has just completed a record-setting flight, but his greeting by an admiring crowd is soured. All he can say is how miserable he is that the woman he loves did not come to meet him. Thus begins a comedy of tangled lives and manners that exposes posturing, deceit, secrets and lies in the frame of a large hunting party at an elegant country house. In true upstairs/downstairs fashion even some of the servants are involved in tangled relationships. Presented in the newly restored Criterion DVD edition. Not rated.
September 14: "Amarcord" (Italian, 1973, 127 minutes). Directed by Frederico Fellini. A film memoir of Fellini's home town of Rimini during the 1930s with the usual Fellini collection of fools, hypocrites, self-deceivers, romantics and worldly-wise children. Many bizarre but very warm and human characters and specific Mediterranean humor made this movie the most popular of all Fellini's works. The film received an Oscar for best foreign language film. Rated R for adult situations.
September 21: "My Father's Glory" (French, 1990, 105 minutes). Directed by Yves Robert. In this portrait of middle class manners, Marcel, a young boy in early 20th century France, witnesses the contrast of his teacher father and his entrepreneurial uncle. City life is contrasted with summer vacations in a cottage in rural Provence and Marcel befriends a local boy who teaches him some secrets of the natural world. Not rated.
September 28: "M" (German, 1931, 117 minutes). Directed by Fritz Lang. Someone is murdering children in a German city. The intense police response is disturbing the criminal world. The local hoods decide to help find the murderer as quickly as possible. A classic of German expressionism, this film was noir before we knew what noir was. Not Rated.
October 1: "Wonders of the African World: Confronting the Legacy of the African Slave Trade" (United States, 1999, 60 minutes). This film is part of a six-part series produced and presented by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS television. It explores the African side of the slave trade. According to Gates: "Europeans often acted as junior partners to African rulers, merchants, and middlemen in the slave trade. . . .When Europeans first initiated a trading relationship with West Africans in the mid-15th century they encountered well-established and highly-developed political organizations and competitive regional commercial networks. . . . Understanding the dynamics of African complicity in the slave trade is important in understanding Africans as historically active and diverse human beings. This understanding should not detract from the horrors of the slave trade or from its American legacy of inequality and racism." Not rated.
October 12: "Blue" (French/Polish, 1993, 100 minutes). Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Blue, the first part of Kieslowski's trilogy on France's national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, is the story of Julie who loses her husband and daughter in a car accident. The film's theme of liberty is manifested in Julie's attempt to start life anew free of personal commitments, belongings, grief and love. She intends to withdraw from the world and live in solitude. Despite her intentions, people from her former and present life intrude with their own needs and irresistibly draw her back to the land of the living. This film was nominated for three Golden Globe awards. Rated R for adult situations.
October 19: "White" (French/Polish, 1994, 91 minutes). Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Polish Karol marries French Dominique and moves to Paris. The marriage quickly breaks down and Karol is forced into the life of a beggar. Eventually he moves back to Poland. However, he never forgets Dominique and while building a new life in Warsaw he begins to plot his revenge. Rated R for adult situations.
October 26: "Red" (French/Polish, 1994, 99 minutes). Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Valentine, a young model in Geneva, meets a retired judge who taps his neighbors' phone calls, not for money but to feed his cynicism. The film unfolds the relationships between Valentine, the judge and other people who may not be aware of the relationship they have with Valentine and/or the old judge. Not rated
November 16: "Kolja" (Czech/Russian, 1996, 105 minutes). Directed by Jan Sver†k. A Czech concert cellist, having lost his place in the state orchestra, must make ends meet by playing at funerals and painting tombstones. He agrees to a scheme for making money by marrying a Russian woman so that she can get Czech papers. She soon emigrates to Germany, leaving her five-year-old Kolja with his reluctant stepfather. The film received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film. Rated PG-13 for some sensuality.
November 30: "My Left Foot" (Irish/English, 1989, 103 minutes). Directed by Jim Sheridan. The film is based on the true story of Christy Brown, a near quadriplegic born to a large, poor Irish family. His mother recognizes his intelligence and humanity while most others ignore or ridicule him. Eventually, Christy matures into a grouchy novelist who writes with his only functional limb, his left foot. Daniel Day-Lewis received an Oscar for best actor and Brenda Fricker as best supporting actress. Rated R for language and violence.
December 7: "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (Spanish, 1988, 90 minutes). Directed by Pedro Almodovar. In an archetypal Almodovar world lives are tangled and passions strained, all with great comic effect. The complex plot involves several women struggling with difficult men, the police and one another. The film received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film. Rated R for language and adult situations.
For further information visit www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org or contact Lisa Welch at 304-876-1837 (email lmwlech@frontiernet.net) or Mina Goodrich at 304-876-2159 (email larrymina@aol.com).

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