Veteran Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci directs the erotic drama The Dreamers, adapted from the novel The Holy Innocents: A Romance by Gilbert Adair. American student Matthew (Michael Pitt) is studying in Paris during the politically turbulent late ’60s. The story begins in 1968 with the firing of Henri Langlois, the founder of the French Cinematique. At a protest demonstration, Matthew meets cinema-obsessed Isabelle (Eva Green) and her twin brother, Theo (Louis Garrel). When their Bohemian parents (Robin Renucci and Anna Chancellor) leave for the summer, the twins invite Matthew to live with them. While the revolution rages on outside, the three young people stay in the comfortable flat filling their time with hedonistic games and discussions of film. Bertolucci incorporates clips from classic films like Queen Christina, Band of Outsiders, and Breathless. After showing at several European film festivals, The Dreamers made its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. Spoken languages, French and English, with English subtitles. Rated NC-17, running time 115 minutes. IMDB rating, 7.2/10.
South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook directed this violent and offbeat story of punishment and vengeance. Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is a husband and father whose reputation for womanizing is well known. One day, for reasons he doesn’t understand, Oh Dae-su finds himself locked up in a prison cell, with no idea of what his crime was or whom his jailers may be. Oh Dae-su struggles to keep his mind and body intact, but when he learns through a news report that his wife has been killed, he begins a long and difficult project of digging an escape tunnel with a pair of chopsticks. Before he can finish — and after 15 years behind bars — Oh Dae-su is released, with as little explanation as when he was locked up. Emotionally stunted but physically strong after 15 years in jail, Oh Dae-su struggles to unravel the secret of who is responsible for locking him up and how to best get revenge against his captors. Oldeuboi was screened in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and won the coveted Grand Prix. In Korean with English subtitles, rated R, running time 120 minutes. IMDB rating, 8.4/10.
Sunday, October 19 at 7 PM at the Albany County Public Library. Free pop and popcorn!
12:08 East of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost?, 2006): Sixteen years have passed since the revolution, as three men prepare for the Christmas holidays they wonder: “Was it or wasn’t it a revolution in their town?” 12:08 East of Bucharest was a surprise hit across Europe, where it was nominated and won several awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Film at the Copenhagen International Film Festival. In Romanian, with English subtitles. Running time: 89 minutes. IMDb rating: 7.4/ 10.
Sponsored by the Albany County Public Library and the Laramie Film Society. For more information about the foreign film series visit the LFS web page for ratings, reviews, longer synopses of each film and a schedule of upcoming films in this series.
Left, audience members begin to arrive and fill the seats in the ACPL’s meeting room.
Click here for information on the rest of the series. Up next: La Dolce Vita
Tonight’s film is L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) (2002). The rest of the schedule is as follows:
October 12: La Dolce Vita (1960)
October 19: 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006)
October 26: Ringu (1998)
November 2: The Girl on the Bridge (1999)
November 9: Face to Face (1976)
November 16: Oldboy (2003)
November 23: The Dreamers (2003)
December 7: Kagemusha (1980)
For full details on the series including film ratings and descriptions, click here.
Last night’s screening of Dr. Strangelove was a great success and enjoyed by all. On the big screen at the Laramie Plains Civic Center’s Gryphon Theatre, the 50th anniversary presentation brought back the film in all it’s glory.
Thanks to the Gryphon Theatre and to all who attended!
Above, a shot of the movie as it played [exit sign on far right will give you an idea of the size of the screen]; below, attendees exit the theater following the screening.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in this year’s poll of the best films of 1964. The screening of the winning film, Dr. Strangelove, is this Saturday, September 27th at the Laramie Plains Civic Center’s Gryphon Theatre.
Click here for the full info.
See you then!
The Laramie Film Society is proud to co-sponsor a screening of Project Cora at the Laramie Plains Civic Center’s Gryphon Theatre on Friday, September 12. A London Homer-Wambeam feature-length film, starring Sean Coyle, Bianca Coca, and Landee Lockhart.
The film is about: “An introverted AI software designer who falls in love with a girl claiming to be a robot running his software.” Get more information about the film (including a look at the trailer): here.
For a link to the listing at the Gryphon Theatre, click here.
Twenty participants voted for the Laramie Film Society’s poll to create a nominations list for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. The list of 50 films has been emailed to the LOC for consideration in this year’s picks.
Since 1989, the Library of Congress has added 25 films per year to the registry. They accept recommendations from the public each year. The LOC will be making their announcement of this year’s choices in mid-to-late December.
Below is the list of 50 films recommended by the Laramie Film Society for this year’s picks. Among the films garnering the most votes were: [first ballot] Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Princess Bride, and Willow; [second ballot] The King and I, Rain Man, and Fight Club. The list includes classic Americana with Harvey, True Grit, and Apollo 13; blockbusters with Ghostbusters, Batman, and Jurassic Park; and acclaimed works with Of Mice and Men, Strangers on a Train, and The Shawshank Redemption.
Laramie Film Society’s Nominations
for the 2014 Library of Congress “National Film Registry”
Of Mice and Men (1939)
Song of the South (1946)
Father of the Bride (1950)
Strangers on a Train (1950)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
The King and I (1956)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
The Birds (1963)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
True Grit (1969)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Harry and Tonto (1974)
The Evil Dead (1981)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
The Evil Dead 2 (1987)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Rain Man (1988)
Dead Poet’s Society (1989)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Lion King (1994)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Apollo 13 (1995)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
American History X (1998)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Fight Club (1999)
The Green Mile (1999)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)