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June 2008 Film Calendar

May 6, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Block Cinema, a collaboration of the Northwestern University School of Communication and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, screens classic and contemporary films. Block Cinema is dedicated to providing the Northwestern campus, the North Shore and the Chicago area with a quality venue for repertory cinema.

All films are screened in the James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati Auditorium at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Free parking is available in the lot directly south of the museum.

Unless otherwise noted, general admission to Block Cinema screenings is $6 for the general public or $4 for Block Museum members, students with IDs and senior citizens. Films in the "Reeltime" and Louis Family Nature series are free. Special events are $10. Season passes are $20. Tickets are available 30 minutes before show time. For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or go to the Block Cinema Web site at http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema/.

This spring, Block Cinema is screening more than 40 films. The "Silence in Films" series will feature films that lack sound and/or dialogue, making the audience focus on non-verbal communication between characters, the depth and scope of the image, and peripheral sounds that take on greater meaning and leave a powerful and lasting impression on viewers.

Films in the "Race in Our Global World" series are part of the Center for Global Culture and Communication's Difficult Dialogues program at Northwestern, which is sponsored by The Ford Foundation, and address important and challenging international issues, such as race in a multicultural world, with the aid of a number of Northwestern scholars. Both June films in this series will be free.

The following is a listing of Block Cinema films that will be screened in June.


Race Series, "La Haine," 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995, France, 96 minutes, 35 mm, free). Made in 1995, "La Haine" received renewed attention a decade later when the Parisian suburbs smoldered after the summer 2005 riots. In that light "La Haine" was remarkably prescient, but it isn't insightful as much as strong and bold, telling the story of a disenfranchised people on their terms. "La Haine" takes place the day after a riot. Severely beaten by the police, Abdel has been hospitalized. His friend Vinz (Vincent Cassel) has found a policeman's gun and vowed to kill a cop if Abdel dies. The heart of the film is the banter among Vinz and his two friends as they roam the streets, spitting dialogue at one another and searching for a safe haven.

Race Series, "Falling Down," 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5 (Joel Schumacher, 1993, United States, 113 minutes, 35 mm, free). Named for his vanity license plate and forced by the summer heat and traffic to walk home through Los Angeles, William 'D-Fens' Foster is portrayed with remarkable empathy by Michael Douglas. On his walk home, Foster, an unemployed defense worker, violently and almost psychotically takes out his frustrations and insecurities on nearly everyone he comes in contact with. Directed by Joel Schumacher, the fascinating, flawed "Falling Down" can be interpreted as a problematic expression of white male insecurity. E. Patrick Johnson, professor of performance studies in Northwestern's School of Communication, will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.

Special Event, Senior Directing Premiere, 4 p.m. Friday, June 6. This special screening is a showcase of short original films written and directed by undergraduates selected to participate in the Radio/Television/Film Senior Directing Sequence in Northwestern's School of Communication. They include high-definition and 16 mm narrative films, a short watercolor animation and a documentary, all completed during the 2007-08 academic year. Admission is free.

Silence Series, "Goodbye, Dragon Inn," 9 p.m. Friday, June 6 (Tsai Ming-liang, 2002, Taiwan, 84 minutes, 35 mm).
"Goodbye, Dragon Inn" takes place on the closing day of a formerly grand, now leaky and dilapidated Taipei cinema. The camera lingers on the few people in the cinema as they search for some kind of human connection; even the movie theater has a quiet pulse of its own. The sixth feature film by Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, "Goodbye, Dragon Inn" is a masterful meditation on both the singular and collective experience of going to the movies.
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