Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988)
Presented by Mihaela Mihailova
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a live-action/animated film based on Gary K. Wolf’s 1981 novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? In this movie’s version of 1940s Hollywood, the cartoon inhabitants of the animated Toontown regularly work and interact with human characters. After Roger Rabbit, a toon, becomes the prime suspect in the murder of human businessman Marvin Acme, it is up to private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to unravel the truth. The film, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year, remains a landmark in both animation filmmaking and the history of American entertainment more broadly. Despite not being the first live-action/animation hybrid, Who Framed Roger Rabbit elevated the fusion between these two cinematic modes aesthetically and technologically, resulting in a visually stunning and hilarious love letter to classical animation and film noir.
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.
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.
Anupama Prabhala Kapse will discuss Shanta Apte and the Aesthetics of Anger on October 5th from 1:00 – 3:00pm in B342 Wells Hall. Anupama Kapse is
Associate Professor at the School of Film and Television in Loyola Marymount University. She has held prior academic positions at the City University of New York and the
University of Delhi. Her work has appeared in Film, Fashion and the 1960s (2017); Figurations in Indian Film (2013); Framework; South Asian Popular Culture and is forthcoming in Cinema Journal, Film Quarterly and Film History. She is currently completing a book on the politics of emotion in pre-independence Indian cinema.
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.
Joel Potrykus is a Michigan-based screenwriter and director, hailed by The AV Club as “one of the most interesting and unusual new voices in American independent film.” His work has screened at the Lincoln Center for the Arts, the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, Cinémathèque Française in Paris, and the Munich Film Museum. His most recent feature films, The Alchemist Cookbook (2016) and Relaxer (2018), premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and were produced by Oscilloscope Laboratories, a company founded by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Relaxer recently won Best Actor at the Fantasia Film Festival and will have a wide release in early 2019 after touring the festival circuit.