The Film Forum started in the fall of 2005 and has been a collaboration between University Center for Human Values and Rockefeller College since fall 2007. Each semester's film series is dedicated to the discussion of films that not only delight us in the spectacular ways cinema most naturally does, but also leave us puzzled, challenged, unsettled, or even irritated. The movies that Film Forum shows cry out for discussion, and thus afford us the pleasure of intelligent and passionate conversation every Monday night in the Rocky/Mathey Theater.
A note from Program Director Erika Kiss on the Fall 2014 season -- NEW WAVES:
Throughout this season we will try to get a grip on a very prominent, but ultimately elusive concept in modern cinema: that of the “New Wave.” We start with films which can fit a narrower, historically and stylistically informed, definition of New Wave Cinema: the American film, Little Fugitive (1953), which Truffaut credited as the inspiration for the French Nouvelle Vague. Since the Film Forum has featured many movies associated with the French and Czech New Waves (think of films by Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, Resnais, Malle, Forman, and Chytilova), we will only briefly revisit these movements to show some films previously not discussed in the Film Forum. The signature film of the Nouvelle Vague, Breathless (1960), will be shown, and so will two important movies from the Czechoslovakian New Wave and one from the so-called Yugoslavian Black Wave.
Encouraged by the last season’s success of discussing films with their creators (Andrew Lovett, composer, and Laszlo Rajk, film architect), we have decided to invite the most erudite, ironic, and versatile director of the Hungarian New Wave, Gyula Gazdag. Since he thinks that it is not intellectually fruitful to ask directors about their own films, he agreed to discuss with us his favorite Czech New Wave film, Intimate Lighting (1965) Gyula Gazdag is a professor at UCLA’s film school, where he helps young talents develop their own filmic language (for instance, as the director’s mentor, he is behind the critical success of the min-series True Detective.). He regularly teaches master classes at the Sundance and Berlin festivals and in other important art cinema venues. Besides the Film Forum screening, we plan a discussion with Gazdag about the possibilities of the new genre of TV mini-series of a distinct regional (terroir) aesthetics currently flourishing in the USA. Not least, we will screen two of his films in our series.
The second half of the series broadens the definition of the New Wave to include any group of national filmmaking that has succeeded in reaching a global audience: the Iranian, Argentine, Romanian, and Turkish New Waves. We ask whether “national new waves” are ultimately just a marketing ploy, or whether films share characteristics that would allow us meaningfully to talk about common ideas or even shared national traits of cinematic self-expression.
Film Forum: Mondays at 7pm in the Rocky/Mathey Theater
The Little Fugitive
The Shop on Main Street
W. R. Mysteries of the Organism
A Hungarian Fairy Tale
4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Juan Jose Campanella
The Secret in their Eyes