CAL Film Series Spring 2014 - Hollywood Outsiders

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College of Arts and Letters Film Series

Spring 2014

Please note: the evening's program begins at 7 p.m., with a discussion of the film following the screening. 


Hollywood Outsiders

7 p.m.,  January 14*      Magnificent Ambersons, Director: Orson Welles, 1942 (Read more...) 

7 p.m., January 21*      Out of the Past, Director: Jacques Tourneur, 1947  (Read more...)

7 p.m., January 28*      Underworld USA, Director: Samuel Fuller, 1961 (Read more...)

7 p.m., February 4        Lolita, Director: Stanley Kubrick, 1962  (Read more...)

7 p.m., February 11*      Easy Rider, Director: Dennis Hopper, 1969  (Read more...)

7 p.m., February 18      The Wild Bunch, Director: Sam Peckinpah, 1969  (Read more...)

7 p.m., February 25*       Shaft, Director: Gordon Parks, 1971  (Read more...)

7 p.m., March 4*       Badlands, Director: Terrence Malick, 1973  (Read more...)

7 p.m., March 11*      The Long Goodbye, Director: Robert Altman, 1973  (Read more...)

(Spring Break)

7 p.m., March 25*      Killer of Sheep, Director: Charles Barnett, 1979  (Read more...)

7 p.m., April 1      Gloria, Director: John Cassevetes, 1980  (Read more...)

7 p.m., April 8       Matewan, Director: John Sayles, 1987  (Read more...)

7 p.m., April 15*      Hairspray, Director: John Waters, 1987  (Read more...)

7 p.m., April 22      Mulholland Drive, Director: David Lynch, 2001  (Read more...)

7 p.m., April 29*      Stories We Tell, Director: Sarah Polley (2012)  (Read more...)

* A cartoon precedes features of less than 120 minutes.

The Magnificent Ambersons, Directed by Orson Welles, Starring Tim Holt, Joseph Cotton, Dolores Costello, 1942, 88 min, Approved

  • After his first film, Citizen Kane, failed at the box office, Welles was given one more shot and made this masterpiece, which, although drastically cut by the studio, many, including Welles, believe to be superior to Kane.


Out of the Past, Directed by Jacques Torneur, Starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, 1947, 97 min, Unrated

  • One of Hollywood’s great B-movie studio directors, Torneur and star Mitchum were never better than in this classic film noir about a man caught up in a world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.


Underworld U.S.A.Directed by Samuel Fuller, Starring Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, Beatrice Kay, 1961, 99 min, Unrated

  • A one time studio director and full time Hollywood outsider, Fuller went his own way to make films from his unique perspective, including this brisk, violent, and highly regarded revenge gangster thriller.


LolitaDirected by Stanley Kubrick, Starring James Mason, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, 1962, 152 min, TV-14

  • The ads asked, “How’d they ever make a movie of Lolita?” Vladimar Nabakov’s brilliant novel about an older man’s lust for an underage girl. The answer: director Kubrick left Hollywood for the UK, where he worked the rest of his life.


Easy Rider, Directed by Dennis Hopper, Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, 1969, 95 min, R

  • The three stars all started with Hollywood outsider Roger Corman; Nicholson was ready to quit acting before this Oscar nominated role, and Hopper managed to alienate everyone as director of this enormously successful cinematic milestone.

The Wild Bunch, Directed by Sam Peckinpah, Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, 1969, 145 min, R

  • From floor sweeper on Liberace’s TV show to renowned outsider film director, Peckinpah’s high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West christened him with the nickname that forever defined his films and reputation: "Bloody Sam."

Shaft,Directed by Gordon Parks, Starring Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, 1971, 100 min, R

  • Parks, an acclaimed Life magazine photographer, turned to film and directed this Blaxploitation box office hit about a cool private eye, which won a Best Original Song Oscar for composer Isaac Hayes.  (33)


Badlands, Directed by Terrence Malick, Starring Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, 1973, 94 min, PG

  • A young couple on a Midwest crime spree in Malick's brilliant debut feature; Malick waited five years before his next film, twenty more years for his third, and has chosen to direct only six movies in his 40-year career.  


The Long Goodbye,Directed by Robert Altman, Starring Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, 1973, 112 min, R

  • In a 35-year directing career that began at age 45, Altman made some of the most memorable, eclectic, and distinctive films ever including this critically acclaimed update of Raymond Chandler’s novel featuring the iconic Philip Marlowe.


Killer of Sheep, Directed by Charles Burnett, Starring Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, 1979, 83 min, R

  • A little known classic about 1970s African American life in Los Angeles’ Watts district, directed by Charles Burnett, considered by critics as “the nation’s least known great filmmaker” and the “most gifted black director.”


Gloria, Directed by John Cassavetes, Starring Gena Rowlands, Buck Henry, Julie Carmen, 1980, 123 min. PG

  • Cassavetes, Hollywood actor turned American independent film pioneer, wrote and directed Gloria, an action comedy about a kid-hating, former mobster’s mistress who becomes care giver for a young Puerto Rican boy whose family’s been killed by the mob.

Matewan, Directed by John Sayles, Starring Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, 1987, 135 min, PG-13

  • Refusing to succumb to studio influence, independent filmmaker John Sayles wrote and directed one of his most artistic and acclaimed works about a volatile 1920s labor dispute in the town of Matewan, West Virginia.


Hairspray,Directed by John Waters, Starring Rickie Lake, Divine, Sonny Bono, 1988, 92 min, PG

  • Waters, best known for independent shock value films, loves the kitsch built into past eras and here chooses the TV dance show craze of the early '60s for his playful focus in this enduring musical comedy.


Mulholland Drive,Directed by David Lynch, Starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, 2001, 147 min, R

  • As outsider as they come Lynch injects his own unique style into each of his films and here challenges expectations of narrative and credibility to delight in the mysterious.


Stories We Tell, Directed by Sarah Polley, Starring Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley, 2012, 108 min, PG-13

  • Flagstaff Premier.  Independent filmmaker Polley makes films with social importance, like this documentary of sorts that excavates layers of myth and memory in search of truth at the core of a family of storytellers.





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