CAL Film Series Spring 2018


CAL Film Series Spring 2018

The 2018 Spring CAL Film Series: The Directors

The College of Arts and Letters Film Series celebrates 15 years drawing campus and community to the big screen to promote an understanding and appreciation of cinema.

7 p.m. Tuesday evenings during the semester at Cline Library Assembly Hall, Free. Film Experts Discuss. Prizes. Community. Campus.

There were five major film studios during Hollywood’s Golden Age, roughly the years from 1932-1947.  All five of those studios are still actively producing entertainment productions today. The CAL Film Series has featured two of those studios in the past: Columbia and Warner Brothers.  In the future, NAU plans to do series focus on MGM and Paramount.  This year the CAL Film Series takes focus on 20th Century Fox. In the fall, we focused on “The Stars” and in the spring we focus on “The Directors.”

Why is this film series important to the NAU? 

The NAU College of Arts and Letters Film Series is celebrating 15 years. The film series was started in an effort to bring intellectual growth, social and civic enrichment, the cultivation of a moral community, increased awareness of human standards and values, exploration of the human condition and recognition of the emotional life, as well as increased access in a smaller community to classic films on the big screen.

Cline Library and the School of Communication also sponsor the CAL Film Series. It promotes both understanding and appreciation of cinema throughout campus and the greater Flagstaff community. 

The film series directors have created a venue through which multi-generational audiences are introduced to the social and historical context of classic film.  Before each screening, a host of experts give an approximate 5-minute introductory talk, to set the film in its historical and cultural setting, describe how it impacted the age in which it was made, and to gauge its continuing relevance to the contemporary scene.  Presenters have ranged from professors of music, film studies, humanities, and more as well as other film experts from NAU and the community.

The film series makes a significant contribution to the civil discourse and dialogue between students and community members, during the in-depth discussions that occur after each film.  These discussions provide an opportunity to further explore themes and issues raised in the films, as well as explore a film's contemporary relevance to the present social and cultural environment. 

(If you need special accommodations, please contact Disability Resources:, 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 a reasonable time frame to arrange. Assisted listening systems are also available. ) 

NAU Parking 2018 

The College of Arts and Letters Film Series has been designated as a free parking event. 

To qualify for the free permit, which must be downloaded for each film, you must be a community member and register with NAU Parking: 

  1. Create a Guest Account for designated free parking at 
  2. Then contact NAU Parking by calling 928.523.6623 or emailing to verify you are not affiliated with NAU.
  3. After completing this one-time registration, you will be able to print a free evening parking permit at home for each film. This permit must be displayed on your vehicle dashboard while parked for the event.   

Film Series Spring 2018 Schedule

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. at Cline Library Assembly Hall
Admission is free, but donations are welcome!

January 16, 2018: 7th Heaven

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Directed by Frank Borzage; Starring Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Albert Gran; 1927. 110 min. NR

Frank Borzage won the Oscar for directing one of the last, and one of the greatest silent films — a story of a street cleaner who saves a young girl’s life then fall in love until pulled apart by war. 

January 23, 2018: The Ox-Bow Incident

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Directed by William Wellman; Starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes; 1943. 75 min. NR

Golden Age master William Wellman directed this western whodunit in which a posse rounds up murder suspects for a lynching, and nothing but Henry Fonda’s moral caution stands between them and the noose. 

January 30, 2018: Lifeboat

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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Starring Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak; 1944. 97 min. Approved

In master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock’s World War II tale of survival, survivors of a torpedoed ship are trapped on a lifeboat with one of the Nazis responsible for sinking it. 

February 6, 2018: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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Directed by Howard Hawks; Starring Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn; 1953. 91 min. NR

The great Howard Hawks directed comedies, noirs, westerns, war stories, and one musical — this one starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell as showgirls heading to Paris. The film features Marilyn’s iconic “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

February 13, 2018: Hombre

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Directed by Martin Ritt; Starring Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone; 1967. 111 min. Approved

Martin Ritt directed one of Paul Newman’s signature roles — a white man raised by an Apache family who becomes the only hope stagecoach passengers have after they’re robbed of everything.

February 20, 2018: Planet of the Apes

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Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner; Starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter; 1968. 112 min. G

The original! Before winning his Oscar for Patton, Franklin J. Schaffner directed this sci-fi classic about an astronaut crew that crash-lands on a planet inhabited by intelligent apes.

February 27, 2018: M*A*S*H

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Directed by Robert Altman; Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt; 1970. 116 min. R

Director Robert Altman’s signature improvisational style and overlapping dialogue emerge fully formed in this brilliant and hilarious wartime comedy about a Korean War field hospital staff battling to keep their sanity.

March 6, 2018: The French Connection

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Directed by William Friedkin; Starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey; 1971. 104 mins. R

Oscar winner Friedkin directed this Best Picture and Best Actor Hackman in a dark, exiting crime drama about a pair of New York cops who stumble onto a drug smuggling ring with a French connection.

March 13, 2018: An Unmarried Woman

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Directed by Paul Mazursky; Starring Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Murphy; 1978. 124 min. R 

Oscar nominated director Paul Mazursky called his films serious comedies about American society, and he was at his best in this film about a Manhattan woman, suddenly divorced and wrestling with her sense of self.

March 27, 2018: The Verdict

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Directed by Sidney Lumet; Starring Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden; 1982. 129 min. R

Sidney Lumet was known an actor’s director. In this multiple-Oscar nominated film, he directed Paul Newman as an alcoholic lawyer seeking redemption by taking on a seemingly hopeless case.

April 3, 2018: The Fly

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Directed by David Cronenberg; Starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz; 1986. 96 min. R

Be afraid, be very afraid. David Cronenberg, master of visceral horror, has never been better than in this revered tale of a scientist who transforms into a fly after an experiment gone horribly wrong.

April 10, 2018: Broadcast News

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Directed by James L. Brooks; Starring William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter; 1987. 133 min. R

James L.Brooks -  Oscar winner, Emmy winner, original and still producer of The Simpsons -  directed, wrote and produced this funny, insightful film about a love triangle in the world of television news.

April 17, 2018: Barton Fink

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Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, Starring John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis; 1991. 116 min. R

The Coen Brothers, aka “the two-headed director,” also wrote this genre-defying tale about an acclaimed New York playwright who’s lured to write for the movies and discovers the true horror that is Hollywood.

April 24, 2018: The Ice Storm

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Directed by Ang Lee; Starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver; 1997. 112 min. R

Ang Lee, one of the great contemporary filmmakers and a remarkable chronicler of American life, shows middle class lives spinning out of control in suburban Connecticut in 1973.

May 1, 2018: Minority Report

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Directed by Steven Spielberg; Starring Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton; 2002. 145 min. PG-13

Spielberg directs from a short story by Philip K. Dick with Tom Cruise as a police officer in the future who knows about and can arrest people before they commit crimes.