FRIDAY AT THE MOVIES
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THE APU TRILOGY/PATHER PANCHALI
March 31
THE APU TRILOGY/PATHER PANCHALI
1954
Bengali/Subtitled
b/w
119m.

The Apu Trilogy comprises three Bengali films directed by Satyajit Ray. The original music was composed by Ravi Shankar, a novice, and the entire film was produced on a very small budget using amateur cast and crew. This trilogy is a milestone in Indian cinema and has won many national and international awards. Up to this,point, Indian movies generally consisted of swashbuckling musical romances. The film follows the story of a young boy, Apu, and his life in his small Indian village. His parents are poor--although his father is from a proud Brahmin family and is a poet and lay priest. The sister and an old aunt are also members of the family. The figure of the old auntie, stooped double and very wrinkled, seems very sad to present day viewers because she has no permanent home, no possessions except for her clothes and a bowl. Yet she never seems desperate because she embodies complete acceptance of one's fate. She reflects a society that does not place ambition above all but instead is philosophical, accepting, optimistic. This film is about a time, place and culture far removed from our own modern society--yet it connects directly and deeply to universal human feelings.

THE APU TRILOGY/APARAJITO
April 7
THE APU TRILOGY/APARAJITO
1956
Bengali/Subtitled
b/w
104m.

This second film in the Apu Trilogy follows the family to Benares, where the father makes a living from pilgrims who have come to bathe in the holy Ganges. The actors who play Apu at various ages from about six to twenty nine have in common a moody, dreamy quality; Apu is not sharp, hard or cynical, but rather a sincere, naïve idealist. He reflects a society that does not place ambition above everything else, but is philosophical, accepting, optimistic. The story is set in Bengal in the 1920's, where life in the rural areas was traditional and hard. The relationship between Apu and his mother reveals truths that exist in all cultures; how the parent makes sacrifices for years, only to see the child turn aside and move thoughtlessly away into adulthood.

SKIN
April 14
SKIN
2008
English
color
107m.

A dark-skinned girl born to white South African parents attempts to explore her identity in the era of apartheid. Her government, her parents and society as a whole struggle with what it means to be a black child of Caucasian descent in a nation deeply divided by race. As the government's rigid apartheid system struggles with whether to classify Sandra as white or black, the girl and her parents gradually realize that the problems they face, due to her skin color, run wide and deep. Based on a true life story.

DOUBLE INDEMNITY
April 21
DOUBLE INDEMNITY
1944
English
colorized
107m.

Directed by Billy Wilder and adapted from a James M. Cain novel, Double Indemnity represents the high-water mark of 1940's film noir urban crime drama in which a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a cold, evil woman. Amidst the dark shadows and expressionist lighting of modern cities, Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) seduces insurance agent Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) into murdering her husband. She will then collect his accident insurance policy. The murder goes as planned but after the couple's passion cools, each becomes suspicious of the other's motives. When Mr. Dietrichson is found dead on a train track, the insurance analyst, and Walter's best friend Barton Keyes, does not buy the story and suspects foul play.

WADJDA
April 28
WADJDA
2012
Arabic/Subtitled
color
100m.

Wadjda is a movie of firsts. This first feature film was shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and is also the first feature film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. The story follows a young girl living in a suburb of Riyadh who is determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as compromising a girl's virtue. This is a country where movies are banned and women cannot drive or vote. This film is wonderful cultural record that allows us to peek into a very unfamiliar and oppressive society in a heartfelt and absorbing way.(The girl wants a bike so that she can beat her friend, Abdullah in a race; she is strong-willed and enterprising female...a challenge for the culture that she finds herself in.)

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