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Shoulder Arms (1918)/The Freshman (1925) The Great War on Film/Classics at the Browning Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:00 PM

Shoulder Arms (1918)
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Not Rated, Silent (recorded orchestral score), 37 minutes, 35mm

Enlisted during the First World War, Charlie discovers the hard life of the trenches and the dangers of combat. Chaplin’s decision to satirize the horrors of the war was initially met with skepticism but ultimately proved to be one of his most popular films of the period.

The Freshman (1925)
Directed by Harold Lloyd
Not Rated, Silent (recorded orchestral score), 76 minutes, DCP

Harold heads off to college and quickly discovers that making friends involves more than aping the antics he's seen in the movies. To further his search for popularity, he manages to join the football team, but only as a combination water boy/tackling dummy. Finally, Harold gets his chance when the coach runs out of substitutes during the big game and reluctantly puts him on the field. Will our bespectacled hero reach the goal line, or will he be fodder for the leatherheads on the opposing team? What follows is more of the action/comedy that only Lloyd could devise.

Free for ND students.

 
Mother Joan of the Angels (1960) Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 8:00 PM

Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
With Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit, Anna Ciepielewska
Not Rated, 111 minutes, DCP
Polish with English subtitles

Young, virtuous exorcist Father Suryn is assigned a difficult task as he must investigate a case of demonic possession at a mysterious convent. Arriving at the nunnery, he meets its abbess, Mother Joan, and struggles against the forces of darkness to save her soul. A visually sophisticated film, Mother Joan of the Angels is a thrilling study of faith, sin and redemption.

Free for ND students.

 
A Farewell to Arms (1932) The Great War on Film Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:00 PM

Directed by Frank Borzage
With Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou
Not Rated, 88 minutes, DCP

In this ravishing adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's legendary novel, Gary Cooper stars as Lt. Frederic Henry, a young ambulance driver for the Italian army in WWI, more interested in chasing women than the enemy. When seeking cover during an air raid, he encounters Nurse Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes). They fall in love, but the war keeps wrenching them apart. Forced to choose between love and battle, Frederic faces a decision that tests him morally and spiritually, and leads to one of the most rapturously romantic endings of all time.

Free for ND students.

 
Closed Curtain (2013) New at the Browning Friday, October 3, 2014, 7:00 PM
Friday, October 3, 2014, 9:30 PM

Directed by Jafar Panahi
With Kambozia Partovi, Maryam Moghadam
Not Rated, 106 minutes, DCP
Persian with English subtitles

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi bravely defies his 20-year ban on filmmaking yet again, and stunningly, he has created a masterpiece that not only lives up to his earlier, pre-ban work but surpasses it in many ways. In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company. The tranquility is abruptly broken one night by the arrival of a young woman fleeing from the authorities. Refusing to leave, she takes refuge in the house. But come dawn, another unexpected presence will change everything.

 
Easy Rider (1969) History on Film Sunday, October 5, 2014, 3:00 PM

Directed by Dennis Hopper
With Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson
Rated R, 95 minutes, 35mm

As Billy and “Captain America,” Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda motored down the highway on their Harley Davidsons to the roaring strains of Steppenwolf’s Born to Be Wild, and the definitive counterculture blockbuster was born. Former clean-cut teen star Hopper’s down-and-dirty directorial debut, Easy Rider heralded the arrival of a new voice in film, one pitched angrily against the mainstream.

Free for ND students.

 
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