Buffalo Film Seminars XVI, Spring 2008
Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. Market Arcade Theater
Each Tuesday night session begins promply at 7:00 p.m. The two of us (Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson) introduce the film, screen it, take a brief break and then discuss it with the 45 UB students who are the core of these events and anyone else who wishes to join us. Students registered for the class are admitted free; everyone else is admitted for the price of an ordinary Market Arcade ticket (adults $8, students with ID $6, seniors $5.50; discount series tickets available). Goldenrod Handouts—four to ten-page notes on each film—are available in the lobby of the Market Arcade thirty minutes before each screening, and are posted the previous day online at the Buffalo Film Seminars website: http://buffalofilmseminars.com. Free parking in the lighted and fenced M&T lot across the street from the theater's Washington Street entrance (pay the attendant $2, give the parking stub to one of the ticket sellers or someone at the concession stand and get the $2 back).The Main Street entrance of the theater is a few paces from Metro Rail's Theater station.
We choose the media we use in this series on a print by print basis. As more and more classic films are being digitized, fewer and fewer of them are available in decent 35mm prints. The disadvantage of DVD projection in a large theater is that, even with the best projection equipment, the colors are never as vivid or the blacks as deep as they are on a newly-struck 35mm film print. But newly-struck 35mm prints of classic films are very rare these days, and recent DVD versions of classic films are often much better technically, even when projected in a large theater, than any available 16mm or 35mm film prints, and many DVDs include important scenes missing from all film versions. If, overall, a DVD version is, in our opinion, better than the available print versions, we'll use a DVD for our screening and discussions.
Our desiderata in the Buffalo Film Seminars remain unchanged: the best prints we can find of the best films there are, shown on a big screen with an excellent sound system in the company of a lot of other people who love to watch and discuss good movies, just as they were meant to be experienced. In the list that follows, the five asterisked films will exhibited in DVD, the others in 35mm.
Jan 15 Mervyn LeRoy GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 (1933)*
Jan 22 Jacques Tourneur CAT PEOPLE (1942)*
Jan 29 Irving Rapper NOW,VOYAGER (1942)
Feb 5 Billy Wilder ACE IN THE HOLE (1951)
Feb 12 Billy Wilder WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957)
Feb 19 François Truffaut 400 BLOWS (1959)
Feb 26 Masaki Kobayashi HARA KIRI (1962)
Mar 4 Robert Altman MCCABE & MRS. MILLER (1971)*
Mar 18 Hal Ashby BEING THERE (1979)*
Mar 25 Sydney Pollack TOOTSIE (1982)
Apr 1 Krzysztof Kieslowski THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE (1991)*
Apr 8 Jane Campion THE PIANO (1993)
Apr 15 Clint Eastwood UNFORGIVEN (1992)
Apr 22 Ingmar Bergman THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957)
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