Henderson Community College presents the Fall 2013 Film Series
Take Two: Films That Rejuvenated Genres
Films will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Room STC 310 and admission is free
Night of the Living Dead
regarded as a “cult film” or as one of the greatest horror films ever made,
Night of the Living Dead was filmed on a shoe string budget and inspired the
‘gritty realism’ school of cinematography while ushering in a new level of
on-screen violence within the genre. Astute viewers who look beyond the terror
will also notice an undercurrent of biting social commentary, making this a
truly unique horror film. (Directed by George A. Romero, starring Judith O’Dea
and Duane Jones, 1968, black & white, 106 min.) Discussion led by Cary Conley.
L. A. Confidential
Helgeland’s Oscar-winning screenplay brought back the feel of Hollywood’s
original Film Noir. Set in 1950s Hollywood, the story shows the sordid
side of police work, drugs, and corruption amid the glitter of stardom and
prosperity. An all-star cast, smart script, and lavish cinematography netted 11
Oscar nominations with two wins. (Directed by Curtis Hanson, starring Russell
Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger and Guy Pierce, 1997, 138 min.) Discussion
led by Kevin Reid.
In a time
when critics saw westerns as formulaic, John Wayne turned in a tour de force
performance as a gunfighter struggling for dignity and redemption as he dies of
cancer. The parallel with Wayne’s actual battle with cancer makes this film
even more poignant. Stand-out performances and a sharp script make this a
timeless reinterpretation of the western’s stereotypes. (Directed by Don
Siegel, starring John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Lauren Bacall and Ron Howard, 1976,
100 min.) Discussion led by Mike Knecht.
The New Centurions
cop (Stacy Keach) is trying to learn the ropes from veteran officer (George C.
Scott). Soon Keach’s obsession with the job will threaten his home, his wife,
and his future. This ‘no holds barred’ look into the reality of policemen’s
lives led to a wave of police films with anti-heroes. (Directed by Richard
Fleischer, starring George C. Scott, Stacy Keach, and Jane Alexander, 1972, 103
min.) Discussion led by Bill Dixon.
directors have shaken up a genre as much as Mel Brooks. His frenetic pacing,
trivia-like homages, irreverent characters, and clever word play infused life
back into comedies. Young Frankenstein follows the struggles of Dr.
Frankenstein’s grandson with the curse of his name. Yet he too begins
experimenting with reanimating the dead. (Directed by Mel Brooks, starring Gene
Wilder, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr and Peter Boyle, 1974, 106 min.) Discussion
led by Katie Griffis.