CAL Film Series
The Fall CAL Film Series
Tuesdays 7 pm at the Cline Library. Free Admission
NAU’s College of Arts and Letters Film Series, co-sponsored by the Cline Library and the School of Communication, promotes understanding and appreciation of cinema at Northern Arizona University and the greater Flagstaff community.
Before each movie, a local film expert offers a short introduction of the film to set its historical, artistic, and cultural context. Each screening is followed by a discussion.
The CAL Film Series blends well-known audience favorites along with lesser-known movies. The CAL Film Series also mixes genres and artists while moving chronologically from past to present. We do this so that audiences can see the evolution of the art form.
Why is this film series important to NAU?
If you need special accommodations, please contact Disability Resources: DR@nau.edu, Phone: 928-523-8773 or TTY: 928-523-6906. We suggest contacting Disability Resources 48 hours prior to the event as some accommodations may take time to arrange. Assisted listening systems are also available.
Fall 2019 schedule
Admission is free, but donations are welcome!
August 27: Modern Times Accordion Closed
Directed by Charles Chaplin; Starring Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard; 1936, 87 min., G
Chaplin directed and starred with Goddard in1936’s “Modern Times,” a hilarious skewering of the modern industrialized world during the Great Depression. They married, worked together in “The Great Dictator” in 1940, and separated shortly after.
September 3: Only Angels Have Wings Accordion Closed
Directed by Howard Hawks; Starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell, Rita Hayworth; 1939, 121 min., NR
Hawks directed Grant in five films, including this rousing 1939 adventure with Grant as the boss of a remote South American air freight company who’s forced to risk pilots’ lives while falling for Arthur and rekindling a romance with Hayworth.
September 10: Sullivan’s Travels Accordion Closed
Directed by Preston Sturges; Starring Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn; 1941, 90 min., NR
From 1939-44 Sturges wrote and directed seven of Hollywood’s funniest films, featuring a stock company of character actors, including this classic about a director of escapist films who goes on the road to learn about life.
September 17: To Have and Have Not Accordion Closed
Directed by Howard Hawks; Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Hogey Carmichael; 1944, 100 min., NR
Director Hawks discovered Bacall and teamed her with Bogey in this adaptation of Hemingway’s novel, then directed them again in “The Big Sleep”, thus setting up one of Hollywood’s great real-life romances that lasted until the actor’s death in 1957.
September 24: First Man Accordion Closed
Directed by Damien Chazelle; Starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clark; 2018, 141 min., PG-13
The Flagstaff Festival of Science is hosting this showing of the acclaimed 2018 film about the life of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling.
October 1: The Bridge on the River Kwai Accordion Closed
Directed by David Lean; Starring Alec Guiness, William Holden, Sessue Hayakawa; 1957, 161 min., PG
Before Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars,” Guinness was directed by Lean six times, including this towering winner of seven Oscars – including Best Picture, Director, and Actor. The film is about Japanese P.O.W.’s building a railway bridge across the Kwai River.
October 8: Yojimbo Accordion Closed
Directed by Akira Kurosawa; Starring Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai; 1961, 110 min., NR
Kurosawa directed Mifune in 16 movies including this visually stunning action adventure about a crafty samurai who comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and plays them against each other. In Japanese with English subtitles.
October 15: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Accordion Closed
Directed by Mike Nichols; Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis; 1966, 131 min., NR
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were one of Hollywood’s most famous couples. This frank film about a dysfunctional middle-aged married couple was instrumental in the creation of the MPAA rating system and was nominated in every eligible Oscar category.
October 22: The Odd Couple Accordion Closed
Directed by Gene Saks; Starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau; 1968, 105 min., G
This film is about an unlikely pair of divorced men, neurotic clean-freak Felix and slovenly sportswriter Oscar, move in together, and hilarity ensues in the second collaboration for Lemmon and Matthau, a great pairing that lasted through the 1990s.
October 29: The Thing Accordion Closed
Directed by John Carpenter; Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David; 1982, 109 min., R
This film, about a group of researchers in Antarctica stalked by a shape-shifting alien, was Russell’s second (of five) with Carpenter. Though not well-received on its release, The Thing has come to be regarded as a Sci-fi/Horror classic.
November 5: Aguirre, the Wrath of God Accordion Closed
Directed by Werner Herzog; Starring Klaus Kinski, Ruy Gerra, Helena Rojo; 1972, 95 min., NR
Herzog worked with Kinski five times, though their relationship was notoriously difficult. This film, the story of a deranged conquistador’s quest for El Dorado, marks the beginning of a nearly two-decade collaboration of these film legends.
November 12: Outside Ozona Accordion Closed
Directed by J.S. Cardone; Starring Robert Forster, Kevin Pollack, Sherilyn Fenn, Taj Mahal; 1998, 100 min., R
Meet the filmmakers! NAU alumni and producer Carol Kottenbrook will be joined by Joe Cardone, who has written and directed over thirty feature films, to introduce and discuss “Outside Ozona”. Eleven NAU students and associates worked on the film.
November 19: Annie Hall Accordion Closed
Directed by Woody Allen; Starring Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, Tony Roberts; 1977, 93 min., PG
Allen’s breakthrough film about a neurotic comedian and a quirky aspiring singer was his fourth (of eight) collaborations with Keaton. The film earned four Oscars including Best director for Allen and Best Actress for Keaton.
November 26: Raging Bull Accordion Closed
Directed by Martin Scorsese; Starring Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci; 1980, 129 min., R
De Niro won his only Best Actor Oscar for this true story of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violent and self-destructive behavior destroyed his professional and personal life. This was De Niro’s fourth of nine collaborations with Scorsese.
December 3: Best in Show Accordion Closed
Directed by Christopher Guest; Starring Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Parker Posey; 2000, 90 min., PG-13
This mockumentary about a prestigious dog show is the second of four directed by Guest featuring a stellar ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch, Ed Begley Jr., and Fred Willard.
Parking at NAU
Complimentary weeknight parking behind Cline Library in lot P13 requires a permit, which community members can get by registering with NAU Parking:
- Create a Guest Account for designated free parking at nau.edu/guest.
- Then contact NAU Parking by calling 928-523-6623 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to verify you are not affiliated with NAU.
- After completing this one-time registration, you will be able to print a complimentary evening parking permit at home for each film. This permit must be displayed on your vehicle dashboard while parked for the event.