art house cinema

Art House Cinema


Every Monday • 5:45 p.m.-8 p.m. • Shapiro CD

September 10, 17, 24 • October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • November 5, (12 holiday), (19 break), 26 • December 3

If you enjoy watching and discussing vintage and new foreign, independent and documentary films, join us to watch a series of thought-provoking films. Check the weekly OLLI News Bytes for information on each week’s film. A list of dates and titles will also be posted on the bulletin board next to the OLLI office. Note that some films may run later than 8 p.m.

Instructor : Mary Sampson       Coordinator : Judy Alter


September 10
MICHAEL COLLINS--Neil Jordan directed this powerful biopic about the rise and fall of Michael Collins, the charismatic leader of Ireland’s fight for independence. Collins and his companions de Valera (Alan Rickman), Broy (Stephen Rea), Boland (Aidan Quinn) and Kitty Kiernan (Julia Roberts) used guerrilla warfare to attack the British. The eventual treaty was seen by many as a weak compromise, and Collins was branded a traitor to the Irish cause. UK—133 min.—1996

September 17
LOVING VINCENT—This animated biopic recounts the life and last days of tormented Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, with each frame of the film consisting of an oil painting executed in the master’s style and a plot based on letters he penned.—95 min.—2017

September 24
FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY--As fireworks light the sky on the eve of Persian New Year, a young Iranian maid named Rouhi begins a new job working for a middle-class couple whose marriage is on the verge of implosion. The tension mounts when Rouhi’s employer decides to use her as a spy to determine whether her husband is being unfaithful. Asghar Farhadi directs this Farsi-language drama that offers a rare glimpse of private life in modern-day Iran. Iran—104 min.—2016

October 1
NERUDA—In 1948 Chile, an arrest warrant is issued for acclaimed poet and communist politician Pablo Neruda when he publicly criticizes the government. After failing to flee the country, Neruda and his wife become fugitives, hunted by a relentless policeman. Chile—107 min.—2016

October 8
THE TITFIELD THUNDERBOLT—Released by Ealing Studios after World War II, director Charles Crichton’s rib tickler captures the “take charge” spirit of many Brits. When British Railways announces the closure of the Titfield line, citizens try to run it themselves—but the local bus company is out to shut down the competition. With money and pride at stake, the battle lines are drawn in this boisterous comedy starring Stanley Holloway & Hugh Griffith. UK—84 min.—1953

October 15
BLUE—When a young Frenchwoman tries to uncover her famous composer husband’s secret life, her steps take her alternately closer to and further from the truth on a journey that ultimately leads to self-discovery. France—98 min.—1993

October 22
SUBMARINE—In this captivating coming-of-age story with an edge, 15-year-old Oliver Tate has two big ambitions: to save his parents’ marriage via a carefully plotted intervention and to lose his virginity before his next birthday. UK—98 min.--2011

October 29
LE NOTTI BIANCHE—When a man looking for companionship (Marcello Mastroiani) and a woman (Maria Schell) waiting for her errant lover cross paths on a bridge, they never expect to get past “Hello.” But before the sun rises, the chance encounter transforms them from strangers to lovers. Luchino Visconti directs this century short story by -thwhite romance, which updates a 19-and-haunting blackFyodor Dostoyevsky. Italy—101 min. 1957

November 5
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT—This revealing documentary examines the network of scientific “experts” paid by major corporations to spread disinformation about looming environmental threats, including chemical pollution and global climate change. 93 min.—2015

November 12—No class—Holiday

November 19—No class—Thanksgiving break

November 26
THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER—While serving as state attorney general in postwar Germany, Fritz Bauer receives word that fugitive Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann is living in Argentina. To bring him to justice, Bauer secretly enlists help from the Israeli Mossad. Germany—105 min.—2016

December 3
THE TREASURE—Family man Costi finds his life turned upside down after a neighbor convinces him that there’s treasure buried in his dead grandfather’s garden. But when Costi agrees to help dig up the cache, bureaucratic entanglements and other complications ensue. Romania—89 min.--2016