City Art House shares classic films
Sent to mailinglist subscribers on September 21, 2015
Fresno Filmworks welcomes the launch of a new series of classic movies at Fresno City College. The series is called City Art House, and it is hosted by John Moses, FCC film studies instructor and President Emeritus of Filmworks. All screenings this fall are at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall, room MS 132. Admission is free.
Sept. 25 — THE GREAT DICTATOR (Charles Chaplin, 1940)
In defiance of isolationist sentiments in Hollywood, Chaplin used his comic genius to satirize European fascism and anti-Semitism. Brilliant set pieces like the balloon-globe ballet and the dictator’s nonsensical public address are combined with poignant scenes of ghetto repression and a final impassioned plea from Chaplin himself for tolerance and peace. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the film’s initial release.
Oct. 30 — THE TALES OF HOFFMANN (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951)
Three tales of macabre fantasy by E. T. A. Hoffmann are brought to the screen in a mesmerizing blend of opera, ballet, and cinematography, inspiring filmmakers as diverse as Martin Scorsese and George Romero. Digitally restored for theatrical release in 2015, the version that will be screened has not yet been released to the U.S. home market.
Nov. 20 — THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (Akira Kurosawa, 1958)
A general, played by the incomparable Toshiro Mifune, guides a young princess through enemy lines, aided by a pair of unreliable peasants. The director of Rashomon and Seven Samurai blends action, humor, and cinematic mastery in this classic adventure that influenced George Lucas’s Star Wars. Prepare for the soon-to-be-released The Force Awakens by seeing the characters that inspired R2-D2 and C-3PO.
You can email John Moses for additional details.