Fall 2013 – Tuesday Film Series

Tuesday, September 3 at 7pm

Journey to Italy

Directed by Roberto Rossellini (Italy 1954) 86 min. DCP. With Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders, Paul Muller.
Among the most influential films of the post-war era, Rossellini’s Journey to Italy charts the declining marriage of a British couple on a trip to the Naples countryside. More than just an anatomy of a relationship, Rossellini’s master-piece is a heartening experience of emotional transcendence that was hailed as a ground-breaking work of modernism by the critics of Cahiers du cinema) and named by Martin Scorsese as one of his favorite films. We’re thrilled to present this long-unavailable classic in a gorgeous new restoration of the essential English-language version of the film. Sponsored by Bucknell Universtiy Film/Media Studies.


Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm

Paths of Glory

Directed by Stanley Kubrick (U.S. 1957) 87 min. 35 MM. With Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou.
Kubrick’s second Hollywood film is a scathing portrayal of modern warfare. Colonel Dax (Douglas) faces an impossible mission and an apparently impossible moral situation in a story based on a true 1916 incident of French soldiers facing court-martial and execution for the failure of a suicidal infantry attack against superior German forces. Post-screening discussion with Bucknell University philosophy faculty Matthew H. Slater and Jason Leddington. Sponsored by Bucknell University’s Philosophy Department


Tuesday, September 17 at 7pm

In My Lifetime: Nuclear World Project

Directed by Robert E. Frye (U.S. 2011) 109 min.
Weaving together the perspectives of nuclear experts and world leaders from Japan, Europe and the United States, archival footage from Hiroshima and after, and a score by French musician Alain Kremski, In My Lifetime is a chilling survey of the history of nuclear weapons and their ongoing threat to humankind. Robert Frye in Person! Sponsored by the Bucknell University Environmental Center


Tuesday, September 24 at 7pm

Finding Carlton: Uncovering the Story of Jazz in India

Directed by Susheel Kurien (India/U.S. 2001) 73 min.
Built around a portrait of surviving Indian jazzman and maverick guitarist Carlton Kitto, Finding Carlton is a richly atmospheric journey into India’s little-known jazz age–until now unrecorded in the history of that country and the history of jazz. What emerges is a mesmerizing story of cultural cross-pollination, born of the pre-war African-American diaspora, the American Army presence in Calcutta during the Second World War and the US State Department’s sponsored jazz tours in India. Susheel Kurien in Person! Sponsored by Bucknell University’s Music Department


Tuesday, October 1 at 7pm

Museum Hours

Directed by Jem Cohen (U.S./Austria 2012) 106 min. DCP. With Mary Margaret O’Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits
Infused with a sense of wonder at art’s ability to console in times of darkness, acclaimed media artist Jem Cohen’s breakthrough feature captures the beauty of Vienna in winter from the perspective of two unlikely new friends. A Canadian woman (singer-songwriter O’Hara) visits an ailing family member and finds solace in the majestic Kunsthistorisches Art Museum, where she meets a soft-spoken middle-aged guard who offers to keep her company. As they stroll through the city, observing how the paintings of the Old Masters reverberate throughout the snow-covered landscape, their meandering conversation gives way to candid exchanges on art, grief, and love. English and German with English subtitles. Jem Cohen in Person! Co-sponsored by Bucknell University’s Art and Art History Department and Film/Media Studies

“A delicate, quiet, sometimes gravely moving symphony of Vienna.” – The New York Times


Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm

Kinodance with Filmmaker Alla Kovgan

New York-based filmmaker Alla Kovgan was born in Moscow in 1973 and has been sharing
her time between Russia and the US since 1996, creating intermedia stage performances with KINODANCE Company, making dance films and documentaries about dance and programming for the St. Petersburg Dance Film Festival (since 2000) and other venues worldwide. Kovgan will screen her breakthrough film Nora (36 min., 2008), based on Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire, along with Maya Deren’s pioneering Ritual in Transfigured Time (14 min., 1946) and clips from other films in a talk about choreographing cinema. Alla Kovgan in Person! Sponsored by Bucknell University’s Theatre and Dance Department and Film/Media Studies


Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm

River of Renewal

Directed by Carlos Bolado (U.S. 2008) 55 min.
River of Renewal chronicles the long conflict over the resources of the 10 million acre Klamath River Basin, which spans the Oregon-California border. Revealing how different groups over the generations have extracted the basin’s resources with disastrous consequences, River of Renewal examines the collision between sustainability and the exploitation of our precious and diminishing resources. Introduced by Benjamin R. Hayes, Director of the Susquehanna River Initiative. Sponsored by Bucknell University’s Environmental Center


Tuesday, October 22 at 7pm

Forensic Fandom and Participatory Technologies of Complex Television

Middlebury College’s Professor of Film and Media Culture Jason Mittell provides an illustrated lecture on American television’s adoption of complex and elaborate serial
narratives over the last 20 years. Shows like Breaking Bad, Lost, and Dexter experiment with complex storytelling and represent risky programming rarely seen in a medium typified as formulaic and convention bound. Mittell will discuss how television fans have embraced digital media as a way to orient themselves within complex narratives and engage with these serialized stories, pointing to new modes of cross-media participatory culture.Jason Mittell in Person! Sponsored by Bucknell University Library & IT and Film/Media Studies


Tuesday, October 29 at 7pm

Portrait of Jason

Directed by Shirley Clarke (U.S. 1967) 105 min. DCP.
Seminal LGBT documentary Portrait of Jason was filmed over twelve straight hours, focusing exclusively on Jason Holliday, an African American gay prostitute and aspiring nightclub performer who improvises and impersonates, confesses his sexual encounters, shares observations on the casual racism he has experienced, and ultimately reveals himself to the camera–a self that may or may not relate to the stories he has told. Ingmar Bergman called this mesmerizing, moving and transgressive portrait of a remarkable, charming, hilarious and tortured man “the most extraordinary film I’ve seen in my life.” A Milestone Films restoration. Sponsored by Bucknell University’s Samek Art Gallery and Film/Media Studies

“Portrait of Jason is a masterwork of grand-scale intimacy, in which the
extraordinary protagonist… seems to give birth to his new identity in real time even as he also invents the medium of performance art.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker