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Cinematheque: ‘Little Otik’ (2000)

This Wednesday, 2/1, at 6:30 pm in Crawford 169 is the second Cinematheque screening of the semester. Felipe Pruneda Sentíes (Ph.D. student, film studies) will present Little Otik (2000), the second in our ‘Anthropomorphism‘ series. About ‘Little Otik’ (from ‘Netflix’): In this bizarre fantasy from the Czech Republic, an ordinary couple, Karel and Bozena, are unable to conceive a child. When Karel digs up a tree root and whittles something vaguely resembling a human baby, Bozena’s strong maternal longings transform the stump into a living creature … with a monstrous appetite that can’t be met by baby’s formula! How to get to Crawford Hall from the Cathedral of Learning: Exit the Cathedral of Learning towards Fifth Ave. Take a right on Fifth Ave. Turn left on Tennyson Ave. (between Alumni Hall and Clapp Hall). Pass Clapp Hall and Langley Hall on your right. The building immediately after Langley Hall (and also on your right) is Crawford Hall. P.S. Free pizza! Next Cinematheque screening: 2/15: Kevin Flanagan, ‘Maximum Overdrive’ (1986) / ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ (1970)

Cinematheque: ‘Morvern Callar’ (2002)

This Wednesday, 1/18, at 6:30 pm in Crawford 169 is the first Cinematheque screening of the semester. Jeff Heinzl (Ph.D. student, film studies) will present Morvern Callar (2002), the first in our ‘Anthropomorphism‘ series. About ‘Morvern Callar’ (from ‘Netflix’): Morvern Callar, a poor Scottish clerk, wakes to find that her boyfriend has committed suicide. Sensing an opportunity, Morvern claims authorship of his unpublished novel. When the money starts pouring in, Morvern and her pal Lanna take off for Spain.

(“How is this anthropomorphism?” one might ask. Join us to find out!)

How to get to Crawford Hall from the Cathedral of Learning: Exit the Cathedral of Learning towards Fifth Ave. Take a right on Fifth Ave. Turn left on Tennyson Ave. (between Alumni Hall and Clapp Hall). Pass Clapp Hall and Langley Hall on your right. The building immediately after Langley Hall (and also on your right) is Crawford Hall. P.S. Free pizza! Next Cinematheque screening: 2/1: Felipe Pruneda Sentíes, ‘Little Otik’ (2000)

Cinematheque: ‘King Creole’ (1958)

This Tuesday, 12/6, at 6:30 pm in Crawford 169 is the sixth and final Cinematheque screening of the semester. Katherine Kidd (Ph.D. student, literature) will present King Creole (1958), the fifth in our ‘Heartthrobs‘ series. About ‘King Creole’ (from ‘Netflix’): Elvis Presley stars as Danny Fisher, a naive but talented nightclub singer whose climb to the top takes a dangerous detour when he gets tangled with the New Orleans mob. Walter Matthau is mobster Maxie, who “insists” that Elvis play in his club. How to get to Crawford Hall from the Cathedral of Learning: Exit the Cathedral of Learning towards Fifth Ave. Take a right on Fifth Ave. Turn left on Tennyson Ave. (between Alumni Hall and Clapp Hall). Pass Clapp Hall and Langley Hall on your right. The building immediately after Langley Hall (and also on your right) is Crawford Hall. P.S. Free pizza! P.P.S. Don’t forget about our spring Anthropomorphism series, Wednesday nights at 6:30 in Crawford 169 on the following dates: 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 2/29, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11!

Cinematheque, Spring 2012: “Anthropomorphism”

Anthropomorphism is the granting of that which is considered human to anybody or anything that is considered non-human. Think English-speaking lions and hyenas in The Lion King (1994). Or the talking moon in The Future (2011). Or Maria/Maschinenmensch in Metropolis (1927). Or R2D2. But anthropomorphism could appear in the movies in any number of ways, not just through the attribution of human characteristics to non-human characters. The camera itself might act human or its movements might seem best described in human terms (like in the opening camera movement of The Clergyman and the Seashell [1928]). Anthropomorphism can also occur when something non-human becomes central to a film in a way that’s normally only allowed for humans, for example the horse in The Turin Horse (2010), the hotel room/bathroom in Psycho (1960) immediately following the shower scene, or the goat/tree/lump of coal in La Quattro Volte (2010). We invite presentations of films that feature anthropomorphism of any sort, including but not limited to any of the sorts mentioned above, for this spring’s edition of Cinematheque.

Get Your Human On.

NEW DAY: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 2/29, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11

E-mail Jeff Heinzl at jmh173@pitt.edu or Veronica Fitzpatrick at vaf11@pitt.edu if you’re interested in presenting.

LOCATION: Crawford 169

How to get to Crawford Hall from the Cathedral of Learning: Exit the Cathedral of Learning towards Fifth Ave. Take a right on Fifth Ave. Turn left on Tennyson Ave. (between Alumni Hall and Clapp Hall). Pass Clapp Hall and Langley Hall on your right. The building immediately after Langley Hall (and also on your right) is Crawford Hall.

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Cinematheque: ‘Bullitt’ (1968)

This Tuesday, 11/29, at 6:30 pm in Crawford 169 is the fifth Cinematheque screening of the semester.

Dan Chyutin (Ph.D. student, film studies) will present Bullitt (1968), the fifth in our ‘Heartthrobs‘ series.

Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen, who serves as the prototype for every movie cop who refuses to play by the book) must babysit a gangster for 48 hours. But when hit men snuff the witness, Bullitt won’t be stopped in his quest for vengeance. This classic 1960s thriller earned immortality in part for a memorable 100-mph car-chase sequence that saw two automobiles bottom out their shock absorbers roaring through San Francisco’s hills. (Netflix)

How to get to Crawford Hall from the Cathedral of Learning:

Exit the Cathedral of Learning towards Fifth Ave. Take a right on Fifth Ave. Turn left on Tennyson Ave. (between Alumni Hall and Clapp Hall). Pass Clapp Hall and Langley Hall on your right. The building immediately after Langley Hall (and also on your right) is Crawford Hall.

P.S. Free pizza!

Cinematheque: ‘The Outsiders: The Complete Novel’ (1983/2005)

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 11/1) at 6:30 pm in Crawford 169 is the fourth Cinematheque screening of the semester. John Trenz (Ph.D. candidate, film studies) will present The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (1983/2005), the fourth of our ‘Heartthrobs‘ series. Acclaimed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola breathes new life into his beloved 1983 coming-of-age tale based on the novel by S.E. Hinton. This restored version features previously unreleased footage, including a new beginning and ending, and a new soundtrack (with tunes from Elvis and Van Morrison)! (Netflix) How to get to Crawford Hall from the Cathedral of Learning: Exit the Cathedral of Learning towards Fifth Ave. Take a right on Fifth Ave. Turn left on Tennyson Ave. (between Alumni Hall and Clapp Hall). Pass Clapp Hall and Langley Hall on your right. The building immediately after Langley Hall (and also on your right) is Crawford Hall. P.S. Free pizza!

Cinematheque: ‘Hud’ (1963)

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/25) at 6:30 pm in Crawford 169 is the third Cinematheque screening of the semester.

Jedd Hakimi (Ph.D. student, film studies) will present Paul Newman in Hud (1953), the third of our ‘Heartthrobs‘ series.

Martin Ritt successfully transforms a Larry McMurtry novel into a contemporary Western set on a Texas ranch where Cadillacs, cattle and transistor radios threaten to displace time-honored cowboy ways. Paul Newman stars as arrogant, rebellious farmhand Hud Bannon, who’s constantly at odds with his old-school father, Homer (Melvyn Douglas, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar). Patricia Neal also won an Oscar for her role in the film. (Netflix)

How to get to Crawford Hall from the Cathedral of Learning:

Exit the Cathedral of Learning towards Fifth Ave. Take a right on Fifth Ave. Turn left on Tennyson Ave. (between Alumni Hall and Clapp Hall). Pass Clapp Hall and Langley Hall on your right. The building immediately after Langley Hall (and also on your right) is Crawford Hall.

P.S. Free pizza!

Cinematheque: ‘Tromeo and Juliet’ (1996)

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/11) at 6:30 pm in Crawford 169 is the second Cinematheque screening of the semester. Gordon Sullivan (Ph.D. student, film studies) will present Tromeo and Juliet (1996), the second of our ‘Heartthrobs‘ series. Substitute New York for Verona, Italy, and you’ve got an instant update to Shakespeare’s tragic love story, ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Produced by the notorious filmmaking group Troma, ‘Tromeo and Juliet’ provides a punk take on the classic tale of young lovers—Juliet Capulet (Jane Jensen) and Tromeo Que (Will Keenan)—kept apart by their warring families. What would Shakespeare be without body piercing, profanity and lots of gore? (Netflix) How to get to Crawford Hall from the Cathedral of Learning: Exit the Cathedral of Learning towards Fifth Ave. Take a right on Fifth Ave. Turn left on Tennyson Ave. (between Alumni Hall and Clapp Hall). Pass Clapp Hall and Langley Hall on your right. The building immediately after Langley Hall (and also on your right) is Crawford Hall. P.S. Free pizza!

Cinematheque: ‘Niagara’ (1953)

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 9/27) at 6:30 pm in Crawford 169 is the first Cinematheque screening of the semester.

Katie Bird (Ph.D. student, film studies) will present Marilyn Monroe in Niagara (1953), the first of our ‘Heartthrobs‘ series.

Marilyn Monroe’s a shameless hussy who wears skin-tight sweaters and flirts with anybody in long pants. Joseph Cotten’s her long-suffering husband who, nonetheless, remains obsessed with her. On a vacation trip to Niagara Falls, everything unravels: Marilyn and her lover plot to kill Cotten by flinging him over the falls, but their plan goes awry in this fine noirish thriller. This time around, Marilyn even … sings! (Netflix)

How to get to Crawford Hall from the Cathedral of Learning:

Exit the Cathedral of Learning towards Fifth Ave. Take a right on Fifth Ave. Turn left on Tennyson Ave. (between Alumni Hall and Clapp Hall). Pass Clapp Hall and Langley Hall on your right. The building immediately after Langley Hall (and also on your right) is Crawford Hall.

P.S. Free pizza!