Sunday, July 30, 2000

Indian director's works focus of film society series

By Margaret A. McGurk
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cincinnati Film Society launches its fall season with an August series dedicated to the films of the late, great Indian director Satyajit Ray.

        In September, the society will spotlight African films. October will bring a variety of events, including a personal appearance and workshop with avant-garde pioneer Stan Brakhage. Eastern European films will hold center stage in November, while December's schedule will be devoted to the brilliant nonfiction filmmaker Errol Morris.

        In addition, the society will again co-sponsor special series of screenings presented by Xavier University art professor Brother Jerome Pryor.

        Showtime for CFS films is 7:30 p.m. in the Scripps Howard Newsreel Theatre at the Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $5, $4 for seniors and students, and $3 for film society members. For more information, look online at or call 251-6060.

        The CFS schedule is:

        • Aug. 5 - Pather Panchali (1955). Set in a rural village, this is the first of Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy.

        • Aug. 12 — Aparajito (1956), follows the family into the industrialized city.

        • Aug. 19 — The World of Apu (1959), the finale of the series brings tragedy and revelation to the hero.

        • Sept. 9 — Faces of Women (1985), director Desire Ecare takes on tradition and feminism.

        • Sept. 15 — Black Girl (1965) and Tauw (1969); African New Wave by Ousmene Sembene.

        Sept. 23 — Sambizanga (1972), Sarah Maladoror's take on colonialism and resistence.

        • Oct. 7 — Perpetual Emotion, a collection of short films and videos from young Asian Americans. Will be shown on the University of Cincinnati Campus in Room 540 of the DAAP Building.

        • Oct. 12-14 — Stan Brakhage weekend. Details pending.

        • Oct. 28 — Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956).

        • Nov. 4 — Anna (1987), Nikita Mikhalkov.

        • Nov. 11 — Underground (1995), Emir Kusturica.

        • Nov. 18 — Window to Paris (1995), Yuri Mam.

        • Dec. 1 — The Thin Blue Line (1988)

        • Dec. 8 — Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (1997)

        • Dec. 16 — Vernon, Florida (1981)

        Xavier University films are shown at 7:30 p.m. in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall on the XU campus. Admission is free. For details, call 745-3811.

        The XU schedule is:

        • Sept. 8 — Dangerous Beauty (1998), Marshall Herskovitz.

        • Sept. 15 — The Honey Pot (1967), Joseph Mankiewicz.

        • Sept. 25 — Nudo di Donna (1981), Nino Manfredi.

        • Feb. 9 — Valmont (1989), Milos Forman.

        • Feb. 16 — Ridicule (1996) Patrice Leconte.

        • Feb. 23 — Tom Jones (1963), Tony Richardson.


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