The Cultural Film Series looks at many kinds of transformation—personal, cultural,
technological, philosophical, and comical.
Connelly Center Cinema – Villanova University
Each film will be shown three times: Sundays at 3:30 & 7 pm and Mondays at 7 pm with guest speaker. Admission is free to all patrons. For more information, contact Dr. John O’Leary at john.o’firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 610-519-4454
February 8 and 9
Directed by Preston Sturges, 1941
Speaker: John Paul Spiro
USA, 94 minutes
“A beguilingly ribald sex comedy spattered with characteristic Sturges slapstick,” says Time Outcritic Tom Milne.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, 2006
Speaker: Susan Mackey-Kallis
USA, 96 minutes
Movie Mezzanine’s Christopher Runyon believes that, "Perhaps in twenty more years or so, The Fountain will be recognized for the utterly gorgeous masterpiece that it is."
Directed by Lee Daniels, 2009
Speaker: Dan Jefferson and Susan Marcossin
USA, 110 minutes
Precious is an emotional powerhouse, a triumph of bruising humor and bracing hope that deserves its place among the year’s best films,” states Rolling Stone's Peter Travers.
Directed by Masayuki Suo, 1996
Speaker: Masako Hamada
Japanese, 136 minutes
Roger Ebert said Shall We Dance is "one of the more completely entertaining movies I’ve seen in a while--a well crafted character study that, like a Hollywood movie with a skillfull script, manipulates us but makes us like it."
Directed by Chad Fahs, 2013
Speaker: Chad Fahs
USA, 84 minutes
Japanese photographer Izima Kaoru asks his subjects one question: How do you want to die? In this documentary, we follow the artist on a journey to create new work, finding that the answers to his question are revealed in the fears and joys of both artist and model.
Directed by Lucy Walker, 2010
Speaker: Celeste Dolores Mann
Brazil, 100 minutes
Stephanie Merry from the Washington Post, views Waste Land as, “A testament that things can go from good to bad in an instant. But they can also improve just as quickly.”
Directed by Paul Festa, 2006
Speaker: Paul Festa
USA, 51 minutes
This evening’s film is co-sponsored by Villanova’s Philosophy and English Departments. Hailed by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross as “mind-bending...mesmerizing...intensely personal,” Apparation translates the sacred music of Olivier Messiaen through the spontaneous responses of 31 artists who listen over headphones to the composer’s 1932 organ work of the same name. Capturing a vigorous confrontation between nonbelievers and religious music, the film won numerous prizes and screened throughout the US and Europe, including at the Library of Congress, Grace Cathedral and the Barbican Centre.
Speakers: Joe Ansolabehere and Rick Worland
Films to be announced
One or two shorts featuring Laurel and Hardy and The Three Stooges will be screened. Hollywood producer Ansolabehere and scholar Worland will present the films and then the audience will decide the "winner" in this battle of two comedic teams who transformed film comedy. The losing speaker will get a pie in the face on the stage of the Connelly Cinema.