Bryn Mawr Film Institute Film Series 2017

Arts and Entertainment

January 16, 2017

From: Bryn Mawr Film Institute


Later Kubrick

Shown in conjunction with the film course Later Kubrick, this screening will be introduced by the course's instructor, Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D.

Monday, January 23, 2017

6:30pm - Later Kubrick

Instructor: Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D., Intellectual Heritage Program, Temple University

As one of the most universally acclaimed and influential directors of the postwar era, Kubrick enjoyed a reputation unique among his peers. A perennial outsider, he worked far beyond the confines of Hollywood, maintaining complete artistic control and making films according to the concerns and time constraints of no one but himself, but with the rare advantage of studio financial support for much of his career.

Location: Multimedia Room

Cost: $100 for members, $125 for non-members

Please note: This fee includes digital class readings; there is a $10 fee for paper copies

7:15pm - A Clockwork Orange

(R) UK/USA 2 hr 16 min
1971 · d. Stanley Kubrick
Starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates

O my brothers! In this dystopian tale envisioned by Kubrick from the controversial novel by Anthony Burgess, Malcolm McDowell is welly well as Alex DeLarge, a charismatic delinquent who leads his gang of Droogie pals in a rampage of gleeful rape and ultraviolence across a future Britain before being nabbed by police and submitted to an excruciating course of psychological reconditioning.

Shown in conjunction with the film course Later Kubrick, this screening will be introduced by the course's instructor, Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D.

Monday, January 30, 2017

7:15pm - Barry Lyndon

(PG) UK/USA/Ireland 3 hr 4 min
1975 · d. Stanley Kubrick 
Starring Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee

An Irish rogue (Ryan O'Neal) wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in this historical drama, adapted for the screen by Kubrick from the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. A master of aesthetics, Kubrick evoked the 18th-century setting by basing many shots on the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough and illuminating them using only candlelight.

Shown in conjunction with the film course Later Kubrick, this screening will be introduced by the course's instructor, Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D.

Monday, February 6, 2017

7:15pm - Full Metal Jacket

(R) UK/USA 1 hr 56 min
1987 · d. Stanley Kubrick
Starring Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio

Dehumanized and brainwashed by a brutal boot camp training experience, a group of U.S. Marine recruits face the hellish realities of war on the streets and jungles of Vietnam in this searing critique of masculinity from Kubrick. Adapting Gustav Hasford's novel The Short-Timers, Kubrick worked with both Hasford and Michael Herr, author of the seminal war memoir Dispatches, to create the final screenplay.

Shown in conjunction with the film course Later Kubrick, this screening will be introduced by the course's instructor, Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D.

Monday, February 13, 2017

7:15pm - Eyes Wide Shut

(R) UK/USA 2 hr 39 min 35mm
1999 · d. Stanley Kubrick
Starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field

After his wife admits to a near-infidelity, a New York City doctor (Tom Cruise) journeys into the night on a dangerous odyssey of sexual and moral discovery, during which he infiltrates an erotic party hosted by a mysterious secret society. His last film, Kubrick died just four days after completing the final cut of this adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story).

Shown in conjunction with the film course Later Kubrick, this screening will be introduced by the course's instructor, Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D.

90 Years of Films in Bryn Mawr

Variously known as the Seville Theater, the Bryn Mawr Theater, and Bryn Mawr Film Institute, the building located at 824 West Lancaster Avenue has been home to film in Bryn Mawr for 90 years. BMFI celebrates this rich cinematic history with a nine-month long series that will feature films from the theater's past, one screening a month for every decade of its existence.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

6:30pm - Cinema Classics Seminar: The Battle of Algiers

Instructor: Paul Wright, Ph.D., Department of English, Cabrini University

Banned in France for years after its 1966 release, Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers remains not only one of cinema's greatest achievements, but also ranks among its most timely and resonant. Building on the traditions of Italian neorealism and then complicating them with an urgency born out of post-colonial turmoil, the film depicts three crucial years in the Algerian war of independence against French domination (1954-62).

Pontecorvo's effort at times adopts the style and ethos of documentary; yet, at key moments, it is unapologetically passionate about the carnage it captures. The film throughout is resolutely clinical in its dissection of the escalating conflict as a bloody chess match between increasingly radicalized Algerian insurgents and the increasingly reactionary counter-insurgency of the French military. Ingeniously edited, the film features a mostly non-professional cast of Algerian actors, including actual participants in the struggle. Its score, by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, blends orchestral and indigenous music. The film's treatment of the realities and costs of insurgency and counter-insurgency has remained so powerful that it was screened at the Pentagon in advance of American involvement in Iraq, and it continues to be a touchstone for both aspiring filmmakers and policymakers around the globe.

Location: Multimedia Room

Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members

7:15pm - The Battle of Algiers

(NR) Algeria/Italy 2 hr 3 min with subtitles
1966 · d. Gillo Pontecorvo
Starring Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi

50th anniversary 4K digital restoration! Shot on location using mostly non-professional actors and edited in a newsreel style, this landmark political film reconstructs three years of the French-Algerian War, chronicling the escalating terrorism and violence between French military forces and the Algerian guerrilla movement.

One of the few films in Oscar history to be nominated in two separate, non-consecutive years, Gillo Pontecorvo's seminal work was a foreign film nominee in 1966, and then a nominee for screenplay and direction in 1968. It played for two weeks at the Bryn Mawr in 1967.

Shown in conjunction with a Cinema Classics Seminar, The Battle of Algiers will be introduced by the seminar's instructor, Paul Wright, Ph.D.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

6:30pm - Cinema Classics Seminar: Cries and Whispers

Instructor: Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D., Intellectual Heritage Program, Temple University

Haunting. Poetic. Indelible. The films of Ingmar Bergman would come to define European art cinema and elevate the Swedish director to a position of prominence where he would eventually be recognized as one of the world's most important filmmakers.

As writer-director, Bergman produced dozens of films that explored the fundamental subjects of human existence: The quest for love and faith, the meaning of suffering and pain, the mystery of death, the solitary nature of being, the hell and paradise of marriage, and the struggle to find meaning in a seemingly random and capricious universe. For many, Bergman was the first to bring metaphysics meditations on religion, death, existence to the screen; but equally important was his ability to explore the psychology of women, and to examine the relationship between the sexes. His films, with few exceptions, are chamber pieces, paying careful attention to metaphoric detail and visual rhythm. Within this approach, his most expressive technique is his use of the facial close-up. For Bergman, the face (especially a woman's) and the hands are keys to revealing the innermost aspects of human emotion.

As such, Cries and Whispers is considered one of his greatest films, as it examines the interrelationships of four women brought together by death. The story focuses on Agnes, who has been ravaged by illness for twelve years, and attends to the last stages of her agony and death, and the days that follow. At her bedside are her sisters Maria (Liv Ullmann), "the most beautiful one," Karin (Ingrid Thulin), "the strongest one," and the family servant, Anna, "the serving one." As the film moves among the three sisters and their servant, it summons episodes from the past, and as it does, uses time, mortality, and death as revelatory moments for all the characters all underscored by Bergman's striking, pervasive use of the color red, which informs the overall mise-en-scene, providing further, rich insight into the lives of these characters.

In both structure and sensibility, then, Cries and Whispers creates a nineteenth-century world of melancholy that has been compared to Chekhov's The Three Sisters, Ibsen's A Doll House, and Bergman's favorite writer, August Strindberg. Join us as we experience this deeply powerful film and, with it, the cinema of a director once described as a "poet with the camera."

Location: Multimedia Room

Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members

7:15pm - Cries and Whispers

(R) Sweden 1 hr 31 min 35mm
1972 · d. Ingmar Bergman
Starring Harriet Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Kari Sylwan

In turn-of-the-century Sweden, long-repressed feelings of resentment and mistrust surface when a cancer-stricken woman receives a visit by her two sisters in this intense drama from Bergman. As one of his most striking formal experiments, this powerful depiction of human behavior in the face of death won an Oscar for the extraordinary color cinematography by Sven Nykvist.

Screening in its original format of 35mm, Cries and Whispers which played a six-week engagement at the theater in 1973 will conclude the nine-month 90 Years of Films in Bryn Mawr series.

Shown in conjunction with a Cinema Classics Seminar, Cries and Whispers will be introduced by the seminar's instructor, Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D.


This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieslowski is one of the twentieth century's greatest achievements in visual storytelling. Made in ten chapters for Polish television, Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human. Drawing its inspiration from the Ten Commandments, this epic deftly grapples with complex moral and existential questions concerning life, death, love, hate, truth, and the passage of time. Shot by nine different cinematographers, with stirring music by Zbigniew Preisner and compelling performances from established and unknown actors alike, Dekalog arrestingly explores the unknowable forces that shape our lives.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

6:30pm - Kieslowski's Dekalog

Instructor: Maurizio Giammarco, Ph.D., Intellectual Heritage Program, Temple University

A filmmaker preoccupied with similarities and paradoxes, Krzysztof Kieslowski's own career evolved over the years from one centered on political realities to one of metaphysical contemplation. Upon closer examination, however, both ends of his cinematic journey share a focus on individuals struggling to reconcile daily life with its cultural myths be they communist propaganda, Biblical proverbs, or slogans of the French Revolution. A powerful storyteller, Kieslowski undermines the ordered world of his documentary-like descriptions with the complex, often disillusioning lives of his central protagonists portraits that alternate between pessimistic deconstruction and an affection for human resilience.

Toward this end, the transitional work between these two portraits is his Dekalog, an experimental work originally designed for Polish television, which offers an imaginative consideration of the Ten Commandments presented through a series of ten one-hour films. It is a remarkable achievement. The entire series takes place in one Polish housing complex, and, as a result, various characters from certain episodes make brief appearances in others. There is even one nameless man who has a cameo in nearly every segment.

The ten films are not philosophical abstractions, nor are they simple demonstrations of black-and-white morality, but instead are compelling personal stories that engage the viewer immediately, for Kieslowski is dealing with those aspects of life that are universal. Kieslowski himself has pointed out: "The relationship between the film and the individual Commandment [is] a tentative one. The films should be influenced by the individual Commandments to the same degree that the Commandments influence our daily lives." With this in mind, many of the segments deal only peripherally with their associated Commandment, while others dramatize more than one. Ultimately, Kieslowski wants to focus on what occurs with "people who come home, lock the door on the inside, and remain alone with themselves."

He does this over the series by examining the dilemmas presented by the fundamental sins in the lives of ordinary Warsaw citizens. In Dekalog I, a scientist puts his faith in science and logic to govern daily life. In Dekalog II, a violinist, unable to decide between her husband and her lover, leaves the impossible decision to her husband's attending physician. In Dekalog III, a lonely woman imposes on an ex-lover on Christmas Eve to search for her missing lover. In Dekalog IV, an acting student discovers an ominous letter from her father. In Dekalog V, a cruel young man wanders through the streets in search of a random victim. In Dekalog VI, a young postal clerk falls in love with a neighboring artist whom he admires from a distance. In Dekalog VII, a struggling student kidnaps her biological daughter. In Dekalog VIII, an ethics professor is confronted with the culpability of her actions when asked to harbor a Jewish girl during World War II. In Dekalog IX, a married couple learns to deal with the husband's impotence. In Dekalog X, two brothers inherit their father's priceless stamp collection.

Taken as a whole, Dekalog is a profound observation on the trials and travails of everyday life, reflected in complex ways, but all fundamentally, and unfailingly, human. Join us as we experience one of the great achievements in modern cinema.

Location: Multimedia Room

Cost: $125 for members, $150 for non-members

Please note: This fee includes digital class readings; there is a $10 fee for paper copies

7:15pm - Dekalog: Parts 1 and 2

Poland with subtitles
1988 · d. Krzysztof Kieslowski


Krzysztof, a semantics professor and computer hobbyist, is raising his young son, Pawel, to look to science for answers, while Irena, Pawel's aunt, lives a life rooted in faith. Over the course of one day, both adults are forced to question their belief systems.


Dorota is in love with two men: her gravely ill husband, Andrzej, and a fellow musician who is the father of her unborn child. Andrzej's doctor, himself no stranger to loss, is Dorota's downstairs neighbor; she implores him to swear to a prognosis for her husband, and in doing so puts a very serious decision into his hands

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

7:15pm - Dekalog: Parts 3 and 4

Poland with subtitles
1988 · d. Krzysztof Kieslowski


It's Christmas Eve, and Ewa has plotted to pass the hours until morning with her former lover Janusz, a family man, by making him believe her husband has gone missing. During this night of recklessness and lies, the pair grapple with choices made when their affair was discovered three years ago, and with the value of their present lives.


A father and daughter, Michal and Anka, have a unique intimacy, which the college-aged Anka is beginning to feel conflicted about. When she finds an unopened letter from her deceased mother, it seems to justify her attraction to Michal, who may not in fact be her father.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

7:15pm - Dekalog: Parts 5 and 6

Poland with subtitles
1988 · d. Krzysztof Kieslowski


Jacek, an angry drifter, murders a taxi driver, brutally and without motive. His case is assigned to Piotr, an idealistic young lawyer who is morally opposed to the death penalty, and their interactions take on an emotional honesty that throws into stark relief for Piotr the injustice of killing of any kind.


A teenage postal worker, Tomek, routinely spies on his older neighbor Magda, a sexually liberated artist who lives in the apartment across the courtyard from his. As their private worlds merge, fascination turns to obsession, and the line between love and curiosity becomes violently blurred.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

7:15pm - Dekalog: Parts 7 and 8

Poland with subtitles
1988 · d. Krzysztof Kieslowski


As a high school student, Majka bore a child, Ania, whom Majka's mother, Ewa, has been raising as her own. Now that Majka is ready for motherhood, Ewa refuses to let go, leading Majka to kidnap her own daughter, with unexpected emotional consequences.


Zofia, a professor of ethics, is visited by Elzbieta, an American researching the fate of Jews who survived World War II. A daytime classroom conversation turns into a night of confrontation, and Zofia is forced to answer for a decision she made decades ago that directly affected the course of Elzbieta's life.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

7:15pm - Dekalog: Parts 9 and 10

Poland with subtitles
1988 · d. Krzysztof Kieslowski


Roman and Hanka have a loving marriage, but his impotence has led to her having an affair. The unbearable situation drives Roman to extreme measures both physically and mentally, testing their love and his own will to live.

DEKALOG: Part 10

Jerzy and Artur's father dies, leaving behind a valuable stamp collection, which, they discover, is coveted by dealers of varying degrees of shadiness. The more involved the brothers get in their father's world, the more dire and comical their situation becomes.

Strange Truth

This series is made possible by Haverford College's John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and Independent College Programs and organized by faculty members Vicky Funari and John Muse. All screenings are free for Tri-Co students, faculty, and staff!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

7:00pm - Portrait of Jason

(NR) USA 1 hr 45 min
1967 · d. Shirley Clarke
Starring Jason Holliday, Shirley Clarke, Carl Lee   

For twelve hours, director Shirley Clarke interviewed Jason Holliday, aka Aaron Payne, about his life, his loves, his work, and his ambitions. A 33-year-old hustler dreaming of a career as a nightclub entertainer, Jason describes confrontations with his family, the orgies he has attended, and the hustling that has formed the pattern of his life as a gay black man.

John Muse, Visual Media Scholar at Haverford College, will introduce the screening.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

7:00pm - Jason and Shirley

USA 1 hr 19 min
2015 · d. Stephen Winter
Starring Mike Bailey-Gates, Gordon Beeferman, Jordan Saunders Brooks

A fictionalized retelling of Oscar-winner Shirley Clarke's 1967 film, Portrait of Jason, Stephen Winter's Jason and Shirley filets the meaty racial, social, and sexual issues raised by the original documentary encounter, ingeniously inverting the gaze of the original: now it's a black, Jewish gay man probing and prodding the white, Jewish woman of privilege and power with his lens.

Filmmaker Stephen Winter will appear for a Q&A following the screening.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

7:00pm - What Now? Remind Me (E Agora? Lembra-Me)

(NR) Portugal/Spain 2 hr 44 min with subtitles
2013 · d. Joaquim Pinto
Starring Joaquim Pinto, Nuno Leonel, Serge Daney

Portuguese director Joaquim Pinto poetically and candidly chronicles a year of his life as he undergoes experimental treatments for his longtime HIV and VHC infections. This deeply personal documentary mirrors the often mind-altering side effects of his medications, traveling fluidly between past and present, provoking an examination of health, memory, and the passage of time.

Harlow Figa and Sarah Moses, Haverford College's 2016 Flaherty Student Fellows, will moderate a Q&A with filmmakers Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel after the screening.

Date: January 23 - April 4, 2017

Location: Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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