9 to 5 (Colin Higgins, 1980)
Presented by Ellen McCallum
Pour yourself a cup of ambition and revel in the madcap workplace comedy 9 to 5. This 1980 film crested the second wave of feminism, as the decade 1970-1980 saw the the largest ever increase in women’s participation in the workforce, according to the US Census bureau. Ever attuned to the latest trends, Hollywood saw opportunity in the entertaining side of the very real obstacles women faced during this time. Gain new and creative insights into how to get ahead in the corporate world! Starring the incomparable combination of Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Detroit native Lily Tomlin.
Alien Wonders (& Paranoid Fantasies)
7:30pm • Friday, September 14, 2018 • Broad Art Museum Sculpture Garden • MSU
Join us outdoors and under the stars for an out-of-this-world film experience featuring sci‑fi cinema, programmed in dialog with the work of Ken Grimes. Grimes is an American artist whose work explores themes of outer space, extraterrestrial life, and UFO conspiracy theories. His upcoming Field Station exhibition will be on view at the MSU Broad beginning in December. The selected films for the evening include works by Georges Méliès, Bill Brown, Craig Baldwin, and Mitchell Crawford.
—Programmed by Joshua Yumibe
Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, Film Studies program, and Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venue is The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing, with special thanks to the Lansing Public Media Center.
Dor (Nagesh Kukunoor, 2006)
Presented by Sitara Thobani
Expanding upon themes of separation, loss, migration and gender, Dor (2006) draws attention to those aspects of contemporary migrant labour that are often overlooked. Based on true events, the film is about two women brought together after their husbands leave to work in Saudi Arabia. As their relationship unfolds, each must come to terms with the changes their new situation brings. Critically acclaimed, Dor was directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and features the award-winning cast of Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag and Shreyas Talpade.
The Solitary Life of Cranes (Eva Weber, 2008) and London (Patrick Keiller, 1994)
Presented by Lyn Goeringer
In The Solitary Life of Cranes, crane operators high above a city observe the comings and goings of people. Patrick Keiller’s London follows offscreen ex-lovers around London as they view the city in terms of 1992.
Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh, 2012)
Presented by Mikki Kressbach
By day, Mike (Channing Tatum) makes ends meet any way he can — handyman jobs, detailing cars or designing furniture. But nighttime is when Mike really gets to display his many talents: He’s the hot headliner in an all-male revue. Mike sees potential in a 19-year-old he dubs the Kid (Alex Pettyfer), takes the teen under his wing and instructs him in the tricks of the trade. However, Mike learns there’s a downside to the stripper lifestyle when it threatens his romance with the Kid’s sister.
The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
Presented by Justus Nieland
In Wilder’s biting send-up of the culture of the midcentury office, C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is an insurance clerk who loans out his apartment for his bosses’ extramarital trysts. When Baxter falls for the building’s elevator operator Fran Kubelik(Shirley MacClaine), he is forced to rethink his dreams of corporate advancement and their effect on his privacy. A brilliantly acted and moving romantic comedy about work-life imbalance and the quest for real intimacy.
Baran (Majid Majidi, 2001)
Presented by Ken Harrow
Baran is the story of Afghan refugees told through the eyes of an Iranian teenage boy named Lateef. His devotion to a person he barely knows leads him to the choice that will change his life forever. Academy Award nominated director Majid Majidi (“Children of Heaven”; “Color of Paradise”) delivers a heartbreaking story of unrequited love.
The Coca-Cola Kid (Dušan Makavejev, 1985)
Presented by Joshua Yumibe
Becker (Eric Roberts) is an American marketing expert working for the Coca-Cola Company. He is extremely dedicated to his work and travels the world pushing the product on as many places as he can. When he realizes that there is a part of Australia where absolutely nobody buys Coke, he vows to change that. But then he meets not only McDowell (Bill Kerr), a local entrepreneur who manufactures his own soda, but McDowell’s beautiful daughter, Terri (Greta Scacchi), and everything changes.