Community College presents the Spring 2013 Film Series
Dealer’s Choice: Our Favorite
Films will be
shown at 6:30 p.m. in Room STC 310 and admission is free
filmed western with sets and photography surpassing the quality of John Ford,
Silverado offers an undercurrent of comedy while following four men who
fight corruption and crooked lawmen in a wild-west town. Will they prevail, or
will lawlessness win? This film was nominated for two Oscars, and is sure to
please any audience member who enjoys beautiful landscapes, action, and quality
horsemanship. (1985, 129 minutes; directed by Lawrence Kasdan; starring Kevin
Costner, Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Scott Glenn and Brian Dennehy.) Discussion
led by Mike Knecht.
From Here to Eternity
powerhouse, From Here to Eternity was nominated for 13 Oscars and won 8,
including “Best Picture” and “Best Director.” The film follows the loves,
passions, frustrations, and personalities of America’s peacetime soldiers in
Hawaii during the last days before Pearl Harbor. A splendid cast and sharp
cinematography created iconic visual moments and rebooted a few acting careers.
(1953, 118 minutes, black & white; directed by Fred Zinneman; starring
Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, and
Ernest Borgnine.) Discussion led by Kevin Reid.
successful Spanish film, Pan’s Labyrinth tells the tale of a lonely girl
in fascist Spain who escapes the despair of daily life through a complex and
haunting dream world. Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film, this
picture won Oscars for Art Direction, Cinematography and Makeup. (2006, 118
minutes, subtitled; directed by Guillermo del Toro; starring Ivana Baquero,
Ariadna Gil, and Sergei Lopez.) Discussion led by Katie Griffis.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes and nominated for an Academy Award
for Best Foreign Language Film, Kwaidan, which means "ghost stories" in
Japanese, is typically listed as a horror film. Genre notwithstanding, this
isn’t a “slasher pic,” rather it is a suspense story adapted from four
traditional Japanese tales. A lavish production with artificial sets and
colors, Kwaidan has a fairytale-like quality that makes it, "one of the
most meticulously crafted supernatural fantasy films ever made."
minutes; subtitled, directed by Masakai Kobayashi; starring Rentaro Mikuni,
Michiyo Aratama, and Misako Watanabe.) Discussion led by Cary Conley.
Nominated for four Oscars (winning 2), Arthur is a romantic comedy.
Arthur, a spoiled rich heir must marry the proper woman that his parents want or
lose his inheritance. The problem is that Arthur meets someone unsuitable, but
falls in love with her. Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli turn in sensitive and
compelling performances as the star-crossed lovers. (1981, 97 minutes; directed
by Steve Gordon; starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, and John Gielgud.)
Discussion led by Bill Dixon.