FRIDAY AT THE MOVIES
Class Time: FRI 10 AM - 12 Noon
LOVING
October 6
LOVING
2016
English
color
123m.

From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga.). The couple marry and then spend the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their home town. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to The Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the foundation of the right to marry. What is radical about Nichols film is the extent to which he focuses not on the legal fight and ensuing national attention, but on the Loving's themselves. Loving is an exercise in restraint befitting the quiet couple at its center.

BLACKFISH
October 13
BLACKFISH
2013
English
color
80m.

Blackfish is a powerful, riveting documentary about the practice of keeping killer whales in captivity. The film follows the story of the notorious performing whale Tilicum, who unlike any orca in the wild, has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. The film examines what went wrong. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to reconsider our relationship with these powerful, highly intelligent fellow mammals. Riveting interviews and never-before-seen footage reveal the orca's extraordinary nature and the species cruel treatment in captivity for the last 40 years--abused by the highly profitable sea-park industry. The impact of this film made a huge difference; Sea World is no longer breeding orcas and are phasing out circus-like displays of the whale.

LITTLE FUGITIVE
October 20
LITTLE FUGITIVE
1953
English
b/w
80m.

A boy from Brooklyn is cruelly tricked into believing he killed his older brother. He runs away to the fantasy and fun of New York's Coney Island. On and underneath the crowded boardwalk, Joey experiences a day and night filled with adventures and mysteries. One critic called this film a 1950's American art house classic--a minimalist fictional story that is a vehicle for showing life in the streets of New York City in the 1950's. "An utter masterpiece, It's influence is incalculable. In this didn't exist, one could argue that there would be no Cassevettes, Spielberg or Truffaut."

MONSOON WEDDING
October 27
MONSOON WEDDING
2002
Hindi/English
color
114m.

Mira Nair directs this charming family drama about a very chaotic Indian wedding. Lalit Verma is a wealthy father who is trying to see that his daughter Aditi's wedding goes off smoothly. Though familiar with Western ways, he is determined to see the nuptials done properly and traditionally. Aditi, disillusioned with being the mistress of a much older man, suddenly agrees to submit to an arranged marriage with Hemant, an engineer from Houston. Yet as the ceremony nears, she gets cold feet and returns to see her former lover--even though it could spell disaster for everyone involved. "An insightful, energetic blend of Hollywood and Bollywood styles...a colorful, exuberant celebration of modern day India, family, love and life," say the critics.

PHILOMENA
November 3
PHILOMENA
2013
English
color
98m.

This film is based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Max Sixsmith called The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. The story focuses on the efforts of Lee (Judi Dench), to find a child she had out of wedlock...something her Irish-Catholic community didn't approve of. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that did not allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. Years later, after starting a family in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Philomena meets Sixsmith, a BBC reporter who agrees to help her find her long lost son.

Coordinator: Susan Wiltse