Film Discussion Group (Free)
Lancaster, United States
Join us at the library to talk about great movies. The Film Discussion Group is a movie enthusiasts group that meets one evening every month to watch and discuss a film. The group talks about movie plots and characters and how cinema sends messages to viewers. Films selected will include popular blockbusters, timeless classics, thought-provoking dramas and more.
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Jan 23 - On the Waterfront, NR (108 minutes)
A priest sets out to smash mob control over the New York waterfront in this film classic. Meanwhile, an inarticulate longshoreman realizes what he could have amounted to in the world. Elia Kazan's direction combined with Marlon Brando's acting skill created this intelligent, superior piece of entertainment that was the winner of eight Academy Awards® in 1954 including Best Picture.
Feb 20 - Kramer v. Kramer, PG (105 minutes)
Dustin Hoffman shines in this superbly crafted 1979 Robert Benton film about parents entangled in a legal and emotional tug-of-war for their child. As Ted Kramer, Hoffman is a red-hot Madison Avenue account executive who lacks sensitivity to his wife’s needs for self-fulfillment. Joanna Kramer abandons her role as wife-mother, leaving husband and son to their own charming devices. Eventually she returns to lay claim to her adorable seven-year-old son.
Mar 20 - The Life of Emile Zola , NR (110 minutes)
Warners' first Academy Award in 1937 for Best Film. This splendid period piece perfectly captures the life and times of the great French novelist. The film focuses on Zola's heroic defense of wrongly accused Captain Dreyfus.
Apr 17 - Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, PG (120 minutes)
Japan’s most famous director, the late Akira Kurosawa, captures his dreams on film in eight chromatically brilliant vignettes that include a wedding procession of foxes, a platoon of ghosts, post-apocalyptic human mutations, and a meeting with Vincent Van Gogh. Kurosawa, who created this film when he was in his eighties, had no peer when it came to splashing the screen with sumptuous colors and awesome images.
In Japanese with English subtitles
May 22 - Life Is Beautiful, PG-13 (122 minutes)
An Italian family’s idyllic life comes to a screeching halt when they are shipped to Nazi camps during World War II. The Jewish father (Roberto Benigni) convinces his son that everything around them is a zany game to spare his son from the horrors of concentration camp imprisonment in this poignant tearjerker comedy.
In Italian with English subtitles
Jun 19 - Tsotsi, R (94 minutes)
The film traces six days in the lonely, violent life of Tsotsi (meaning “thug”), a ruthless, young gang leader in South Africa. Tsotsi rarely thinks beyond his next crime, but when a carjacking results in the accidental kidnapping of a baby, he comes to care for the child and begins to gradually rediscover his humanity, dignity and capacity to love.
Jul 24 - Badlands, PG (94 minutes)
Director Terence Malick’s 1974 directorial debut is based on the lurid Starkweather-Fugate murders in the 1950s. This moody thriller recounts a James Dean wannabe misfit’s (Martin Sheen) killing spree across the midwestern plains that begins when he murders his fifteen-year-old schoolgirl girlfriend’s (Sissy Spacek) dad (Warren Oates).
Aug 21 - Blood Simple, R (97 minutes)
This stylish crime thriller is the 1984 debut feature film from Joel and Ethan Coen. A jealous saloon owner hires a cheap divorce detective to kill the owner's younger wife (Frances McDormand) and her bartender lover. But the detective gets a better idea.
Sep 18 - The Maltese Falcon
John Huston’s 1941 directorial debut sketches a dark, cynical world with painfully deep perception. Detective Sam Spade’s (Humphrey Bogart) search for his partner’s killer leads him to a group of determined individuals who want the jeweled falcon of Malta: Brigid O'Shaughnessey (Mary Astor), the beautiful femme fatale, cowardly Joel Cairo (Peter Lorre), and pompously inflated Casper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet).
Oct 23 TBD
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