Dir. Abdellatif Kechiche | 2007 | 154 min. | French with English subtitles
Slimane is an aging migrant from the Maghreb whose ambition is to establish a successful restaurant in Sète, France. There, though, he meets skeptical opposition from the French bureaucracy. The title of this French-Tunisian film refers to a "grain of couscous" and to mullet, a type of small fish, both popular in Tunisian cuisine.
The 1930s starlet Evelyn Venable is best known to today's audiences as the voice and model for the Blue Fairy in Disney's Pinocchio (1940), or as the torch-bearing woman of the Columbia Pictures logo. However, beyond her much-loved screen roles, Venable had a much longer second career as a member of the UCLA Classics department faculty, where she taught ancient Greek and Latin.
Aldo I. Bello will present his documentary-in-progress, DREAM: An American Story. The film follows a young man, Juan Gomez, who was brought to America as a young child by his parents. Now on the verge of graduating college, he -- along with many other undocumented immigrants who have spent most of their lives in America -- is in the front lines of a heating conflict over immigration reform.
A 1932 black-and-white Japanese silent film directed by Yasujiro Ozu. It became the first of six Ozu films to win the Kinema Junpō Critics' Prize. Ozu later loosely remade the film as Good Morning in 1959. The film's story centers on two young brothers whose faith in their father, an office worker, is shaken by what they perceive as his kowtowing to the boss.
Whereas the first generation of film scholars primarily had to rely on personal memories of screenings, subsequent generations could work more closely with films, first on flatbed viewers in film archives and then, after the introduction of consumer-grade video technologies in the early 1980s, on VCRs, Laserdiscs, DVDs, and now Blu-Rays and streaming video. These technologies fostered analysis that was premised on repetitive viewing and the attendant establishment of formal patterning, which we can term close analysis.
The Secret Cinema began in 1992 to expose new audiences to neglected films of all kinds. Film collector and programmer Jay Schwartz brings audiences a whole pantheon of "low-brow" yet fascinating genres: ephemeral genres such as educational, industrial and sponsored films, rare theatrical shorts & cartoons, and a lot more. Jay shows his collection of 16mm films to audiences in his home town of Philadelphia and across the world. Venues have ranged from living rooms to a 1,000-seat theatre, from universities to historic Eastern State Penitentiary and Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Sheema Kalbasi, Iranian poet, filmmaker, and human rights activist, will present her documentary Women on the Front Line, which details the determination and struggles of Iranian women over the past thirty years. A panel discussion and Q & A will follow the film. For more information please see this site.
This event is sponsored by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the Roshan Center for Persian Studies, and the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies.