July 31, 2014

The Dead Filmmakers Society 2014 Summer Film Series
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: University Union Sandburg Theater
Description: The Dead Filmmakers Society 2014 Summer Film Series

All screenings will be held in the Sandburg Theater, Western Illinois University Union, on Thursday evenings. Films begin at 7 p.m., are open to the public, and there is no admission charge. Most films will be preceded by selected short subjects.

All screenings are 16mm films from the collection of Western Illinois film professor Richard Ness, who will serve as host. The series is sponsored by the WIU Department of Broadcasting.

6/12 – 11 HARROWHOUSE (1974)
In this comic crime caper Charles Grodin and Candice Bergen conspire to pull off a major diamond heist, with the support of an all-star cast, including Trevor Howard, John Gielgud and (again) James Mason. Please note that this film will be shown in its original widescreen aspect ratio.

6/19 – DISORDER! (IL DISORDINE) (Italy, 1962))
In the tradition of La Dolce Vita, this little-known Italian drama features an international cast, including Louis Jourdan, Susan Strasberg, Curd Jergens, Alida Valli and Renato Salvatori, in a series of vignettes crossing all classes of Italian society. Directed by Franco Bursati (Bread and Chocolate). In Italian with English subtitles.

6/26 – THE KRAYS (Britain, 1990)
Director Peter Medak’s account of the notorious twins who controlled the London criminal world in the 1960s (and were the inspiration for Monty Python’s Piranha brothers). Starring Martin and Gary Kemp, of the rock group Spandau Ballet, and featuring an unforgettable performance by Billie Whitelaw as the boys’ devoted mother. PLEASE NOTE: This film contains graphic violence and adult content.

7/3 –LADY LIBERTY (1972)
Our Fourth of July-eve offering is an example of when not so great films happen to good people. Sophia Loren stars as an Italian woman trying to get a large mortadella sausage through U.S. customs. That’s pretty much the whole story, but the cast includes early performances by Danny DeVito, Susan Sarandon and William Devane, and the soundtrack features songs by Harry Nilsson and Carly Simon. You may or may not come away feeling proud to be an American, but you’ll honestly be able to say that you never sausage a movie.

7/10 – CRIES AND WHISPERS (Sweden, 1972)
Ingmar Bergman’s critically acclaimed study of illness and death features stunning Oscar-winning cinematography by Sven Nykvist. Starring Liv Ullmann. In Swedish with English subtitles.

7/17 –COMFORT AND JOY (Scotland, 1984)
Another great comedy from director Bill Forsyth (Local Hero), starring Bill Paterson as a disc jockey who gets caught up in a territorial dispute between two warring families (but the product they’re fighting over is not typical gangster-film fare). Music score by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.

7/24 – THE COUCH (1962)
Robert Bloch, author of Psycho, scripted this chilling account of an ice-pick killer terrorizing a city, from a story by Blake Edwards. The film will be followed by Waxworks, a Bloch-scripted episode of the Thriller TV series.

7/31 – NO HAUNT FOR A GENTLEMAN (Britain, 1952)
We end this summer with another British ghost film, this time a short and silly farce about a ghost trying to drive away the mother-in-law of the owner of a country estate.

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Contact Information:
Richard Ness
Phone: (309) 298-1154
Email: RR-Ness@wiu.edu
Related Web Site: Department of Broadcasting
Contact Information:
  Richard Ness
 Phone: (309) 298-1154
 Email: RR-Ness@wiu.edu
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