Past Events

An Introduction to Orphan Films with Skip Elsheimer

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 3:30pm
Tawes 1100

A/V Geeks is a collection of 24,000 16mm films, and Skip Elsheimer is touring the country trying to raise funds to digitize 100 miles (!) of these works. The films include bizarre and fascinating educational, industrial, and otherwise "orphaned" work that will expand your concept of the boundaries of cinema studies! Some titles to be screened include Telezonia; Shake Hands with Danger; and the finest popular-science film in his collection (TBA).

Alice Guy-Blaché: Transatlantic Sites of Cinema Nouveau, 1896-1920

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:00pm
Friday, November 9, 2012 - 9:00am
Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 2:00pm
Nov. 8th, La Maison Française (French Embassy), 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC
Nov. 9th, The University of Maryland, Language House (St. Mary's Hall), Multipurpose Room
Nov. 10th, The National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC

Born in 1873 in Paris, Alice Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary in the first French film production company created by Léon Gaumont in 1896. She then became an artistic director and executive producer for Gaumont before directing over 400 films, ranging from short films to full-length color-tinted and sound synchronized features. Alice Guy-Blaché moved to the United States in 1907, becoming the first woman to own and run her own studio, Solax, in Fort Lee, N. J., until 1914.

Special Joint Session of the Arts and Humanities Film and Theory Colloquiums

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:00pm
Tawes 2115

The Center for Literary and Cultural Studies and the Arts and Humanities Film and Theory Colloquiums will bring W.J.T. Mitchell to campus as our annual Petrou Lecturer on October 25 and 26, 2012. On October 26 he'll direct a joint session of the Colloquium in Cinema and Theory and the Arts and Humanities Theory Colloquium‏. Both events are public and all are invited to attend.

Petrou Lecture: W. J. T. Mitchell, "Seeing Madness"

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 4:00pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes 1121)

The Center for Literary and Cultural Studies and the Arts and Humanities Film and Theory Colloquiums will bring W.J.T. Mitchell to campus as our annual Petrou Lecturer on October 25 and 26, 2012. On October 25 Mitchell will deliver his Petrou Lecture, "Seeing Madness." This event is public and all are invited to attend.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 5:00pm
Tawes 1100

Miloš Forman | 1975 | 133 min.

Upon arriving at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more dictator than nurse.

This screening is in held conjunction with the Arts and Humanities Theory Colloquium.

Introduced by Professor Orrin Wang.

La Désintégration

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 7:00pm
Hoff Theater

Philippe Faucon | 2011 | 78 min. | French with English Subtitles

This fiction film on the integration of young people born from North-African parents in French society became all too relevant last Spring in light of the bloody events that took place in the South-West of France. Shown in a 35mm print.

Co-sponsored by the Dept of French and Italian and the Film Program at the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. This film screening is free.

The Snake Pit

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 5:00pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes 1121)

Anatole Litvak | 1948 | 108 min.

Virginia Cunningham (Olivia de Havilland) finds herself in a state insane asylum...and can't remember how she got there. In flashback, her husband Robert relates their courtship, marriage, and her developing symptoms. The asylum staff are not demonized, but fear, ignorance and regimentation keep Virginia in a state of misery, as pipesmoking Dr. Mark Kik struggles through wheels within wheels to find the root of her problem.

Cinema and Violence

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 8:00am
Language House (St. Mary's Hall) Multipurpose Room

The Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Department of English held a Symposium on Cinema and Violence on Friday, September 28. This event was preceded by a screening of Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible at 6:30 PM on Thursday, September 27 in the Hoff Theater.

The film screening and symposium are both free. Registration is not required, but it is requested for the symposium. Please contact Brian Real to RSVP.

Ivan the Terrible (Иван Грозный) Parts 1 and 2

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 6:30pm
Hoff Theater

Sergei Eisenstein | 1944/1958 | 99 min./88 min. | Russian with English subtitles

This 35mm screening of Eisenstein's classic has been generously supported by the Stamp Student Union, which has made it possible for us to use the Hoff and show the film on film.

Eisenstein's work will be discussed the following day, during the first presentation of our Cinema and Violence Symposium. The symposium will feature several notable speakers from other universities and the UMD faculty.

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