Art House Cinema
Every Monday • 6 p.m.-9 p.m. • Shapiro CD
June 5, 12, 19, 26 • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 • August
Enjoy watching and discussing vintage and new foreign, independent and documentary films? Come watch a series of these 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 and in the Shapiro lobby.
Instructor: Mary Sampson Coordinator: Judy Alter
THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT—Living in the small town of Rochefort, France, twin sisters Delphine & Solange Garnier yearn for the romance of Paris. But when a charming pair of song-and-dance men come to town, the sisters get more than they ever dreamed. France—1967—125 min.
YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW—Screen icons Sophia Loren & Marcello Mastroianni—each playing three different roles—team up for a trio of stories about sex and social mores in this Academy Award-winning Italian comedy. Italy—1963—119 min.
TWO LIVES—As the European communist bloc is collapsing, Katrine’s quiet life in Norway is interrupted by questions about her early years in East Germany. With the truth about her past catching up with her, Katrine must try to explain the facts to her family. Germany—2012—97 min.
LAND OF MINE—Illuminating a little-known piece of history from World War II’s aftermath, this gripping drama follows a group of German prisoners of war as the allies force them to defuse thousands of land mines buried in Denmark during the Nazi occupation. Denmark—2017—100 min.
THE FALLEN IDOL—Philippe, a diplomat’s son, worships the household butler, Baines (Ralph Richardson), who’s regaled the boy with tales of his life’s adventures. So, when his hero becomes implicated in a murder, Philippe will stop at nothing to protect his idol. This despite his own suspicions about the servant’s guilt. Adapted from a story by Graham Green, director Carol Reed’s reflection on moral ambiguity earned him an Oscar nod for Best Director. England—1948—95 min.
DEFIANT REQUIEM—This World War II documentary relates the inspiring and tragic story of Rafael Schachter, a young conductor held in the Terezin concentration camp. In an act of artistic defiance, Schachter taught a prison chorus to perform Verdi’s “Requiem.” Documentary-USA, UK, Czech Republic—2012—85 min.
A ROYAL AFFAIR—Based on a famous chapter in Danish history, this riveting drama tells the story of deranged King Christian VII and his bride, British princess Caroline Mathilde. Isolated & forlorn, the young queen begins a fateful affair with Christian’s doctor. Denmark—2012—137 min.
MON ONCLE—Jacque Tati plays Monsieur Hulot, a self-absorbed chucklehead wrestling with neoteric gadgetry—and losing—in this satirical masterpiece that make sport of mechanization, class distinctions & modernity. France—1958—114 min.
THE 400 BLOWS—After young Antoine runs away, life on the streets of Paris leads to nothing but trouble and guilt in this gritty feature film debut from legendary director Francois Truffault. Though he turns to petty crime to survive, Antoine’s remorse often leads him to try to return things he’s stolen—with disastrous results. France—1959—99 min.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST—Oscar Wilde’s delicious, penetrating wit shines through in the film adaptation of his famous play. Skillfully directed by Anthony Asquith, Wilde’s turn-of-the-century social satire is a delightful, charming story of words & misunderstandings. Two men escape social obligations by pretending to be someone they’re not, often when it’s most inconvenient for the other. England—1952—95 min.