Naive young Irish farm girl goes to Dublin with her sophisticated best friend to find a better living. There they meet a world-wise, married writer twice their age. Both are interested in him, but the farm girl wins.
All members of this family are deaf, except for the eldest daughter, who is their interpreter of and to the outside world. She is an excellent singer, and when she auditions for an elite choir, the entire family is in disarray. Our heroine is in a painful dilemma about betraying her family with her possible choice.
Mischievous 12-year old boy is sent to live with relatives in 1950's rural Sweden. There he has exciting experiences and meets unusual people; these affect him for the rest of his life. Poignant and comedic.
Ten-year old serving girl begins working in a Saigon household in 1951. We follow her for 10 years as she matures into a beautiful young woman with ever changing relationships with other members of the household.
Brooklyn hit man assigned to Argentina on a mission takes up with sexy tango dancer, who introduces him to her world. Robert Duvall gives a great performance, and the tango sequences are great to watch.
Italian journalist spends his life in the lavish night life of high Roman society for decades after the success of his only novel. But after a shocking event on his 65th birthday, he turns his life around and searches for its meaning after its banal past.
Gold-digger mistakes a bartender for a rich man, so sleeps with him. They become entangled in life and work as the bartender becomes the kept man for a rich woman, thus following her example. A romantic comedy.
In 16th century Japan young princess & her loyal general must make their way home through enemy lines with royal gold after their clan’s defeat. Their guides are two bumbling misfits, who cause close calls. Directed by Kurosawa, this film was the inspiration for Star Wars according to George Lucas.
In 1944 at a Catholic boarding school in the French countryside a new boy, a Jew, becomes the roommate of the top scholar, who is the class’ leader. Rivals at first, they become best friends. Then the Gestapo arrives.
A Saudi girl enters a Koran recitation competition so she can gain money to buy a green bicycle that she needs for a race in which she hopes to beat her boy playmate. First feature movie entirely filmed in Saudi Arabaia, and first movie there with a female director.
Neurotic film critic is coached by ghost of Humphrey Bogart in fumbling attempts to impress girls after his wife divorces him. A friendly married couple help him, but he is feckless as ever–until drawn to friend’s wife.
A 1940's classic. Two drifters enter a western town, then soon join a posse that forms to find the alleged killers of a local rancher. The posse encounters three men with the rancher’s cattle at Ox-Bow, then administers vigilante justice. But the three men were innocent.
Young man in pre-WWI Prussia is frustrated by the bureaucracy after release from jail. He buys a 2nd hand uniform, then dons this badge of authority, and all obey him. Shenanigans. He is eventually pardoned by the Kaiser.
An obsessed opera lover is determined to build an opera house in the middle of the Amazon jungle! This entails hauling an enormous steamship over a mountain! Kinski is the man to do it!
A rendering of the Dracula/vampire tale by the Herzog/Kinski duo. Well done, with Count Dracula bearing death and the plague wherever he goes, in particular while pursuing his real-estate agent’s wife with evil intent.
We follow the history of a violin, the masterpiece of a 17th century Italian master, from its creation to the present time, passing through an Austrian monastery, Oxford, and China during the cultural revolution on our journey. [A red Stradivarius violin was played in two Saginaw Bay Orchestra concerts.]
Film selection meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to allow the membership to nominate films for the next season. Anyone who joins the VFS for next season may nominate films either at this meeting or by mail. To be held in Curtiss 100, where our screenings are held.
All screenings will be held in room Curtiss 100 (which is across Groening Commons from the Performing Arts Center) at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays.