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CWRU Film Society Fall 2001 Schedule

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Schedule subject to change without notice. Movie information provided by the Internet Movie Database.

Sunday, August 26, 2001 Free Showing! 8:00pm
Casablanca (1942)
No rating (102 min.) Director: Michael Curtiz
With Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Sydney Greenstreet

In another of the Film Society’s infamous “traditions,” every Orientation Week ends with a free screening of this classic film. Bogie, Bergman, Nazis, and romance abound in one of the best movies of all time. The Film Society hopes that “This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Mummy Double Feature!

Friday, August 31, 2001 7:00pm
The Mummy (1999)
Rated PG-13 (124 min.) Director: Stephen Sommers
With Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah

As punishment for killing Pharaoh Seti and sleeping with his mistress, Egyptian priest Imhotep was mummified alive and cursed. But in 1923 he is inadvertently resurrected by treasure hunters and must be stopped before he can wreak his final vengeance on the world.

Friday, August 31, 2001 9:30pm, 12:00am
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Rated PG-13 (129 min.) Director: Stephen Sommers
With Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah

Now that you have seen the first one, stay for the sequel!!! The story is set in 1933, 10 years after the events of the first film. Rick O’Connell is now married to Evelyn and the couple have settled in London, where they are raising their 8-year-old son Alex. When a chain of events finds the corpse of Imhotep resurrected in the British Museum, the mummy Imhotep walks the earth once more, determined to fulfill his quest for immortality. But another force has also been set loose in the world... one born of the darkest rituals of ancient Egyptian mysticism, and even more powerful than Imhotep.

Saturday, September 1, 2001 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Rated PG-13 (118 min.) Director: Steven Spielberg
With Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Amrish Puri

Renowned archaeologist and expert in the occult, Dr. Indiana Jones, is back in action in the 2nd Indy film. He teams up with a night club singer and a 12 year old named Short Round. His search for rare artifacts takes him to an Indian village, where the people believe evil spirits have taken their children away after a sacred stone was stolen from the village statue. Being much darker and scarier than the other two films, TEMPLE OF DOOM was the first ever film to be rated PG-13.

Friday, September 7, 2001 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Hannibal (2001)
Rated R (131 min.) Director: Ridley Scott
With Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman

The much anticipated sequel to Thomas Harris’ bestseller and Academy Award winning film!!!! Dr. Hannibal Lecter peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. However, he is discovered after a few people begin to disappear. He returns back to America to once again make contact with now disgraced Agent Clarice Starling who is suffering the wrath of a malicious FBI official/rival as well as the media. Meanwhile, Hannibal must survive the advances by a disfigured and vengeful victim. Lecter finds himself being tracked down by the authorities as well as vengeful relatives of his deceased victims.

Saturday, September 8, 2001 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Rated R (118 min.) Director: Jonathan Demme
With Anthony Hopkins, Jodi Foster, Ted Levine

Young FBI trainee Clarice Starling is assigned to help find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice is sent on a routine analysis of renowned psychopath Hannibal Lecter. However, Clarice gets caught up in a whirlwind game of “quid pro quo” with Dr. Lecter in hopes of finding the killer and his latest victim.

Friday, September 14, 2001 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Rated PG (95 min.) Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
With voices of Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Cree Summer

Milo Thatch, grandson of the great Thaddeus Thatch, works in the boiler room of a museum. He knows that Atlantis was real, and he can get there if he has the mysterious Shephard’s journal, which can guide him to Atlantis. A mysterious woman takes him to Preston B. Whitmore, an old friend of his Grandfather, who gives him the Shepherd’s journal and a star crew. They travel through the Atlantic Ocean to discover the wonders of Atlantis.

Saturday, September 15, 2001 7:00pm, 9:30pm
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Rated G (127 min.) Director: Richard Fleischer
With Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre

The oceans during the late 1860s are no longer safe; many ships have been lost. Sailors have returned to port with stories of a vicious narwhal (a giant whale with a long horn) which sinks their ships. A naturalist, Professor Aronnax, his assistant, Conseil, and a professional whaler, Ned Land, join a U.S. expedition which attempts to unravel the mystery.

Humanities Week -- September 17 - 21, 2001
Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
Food for Thought: Eating, the Arts, and Everyday Life

Tuesday, September 18, 2001 Free Showing! 7:00pm
Tampopo (1986)
Rated R (114 min.) Director: Juzo Itami
With Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kohi Yakusho

In this humorous paean to the joys of food, the main story is about trucker Goro who rides into town like a modern Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect fast-food noodle restaurant. Woven into this main story are a number of smaller stories about the importance of food, ranging from a gangster who mixes hot sex with food to an old lady terrorizing a shopkeeper by compulsive squeezing of his wares.

Thursday, September 20, 2001 Free Showing! 7:00pm
The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover (1989)
Rated R (123 min.) Director: Peter Greenaway
With Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren

The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband’s restaurant. Beautifully filmed (in the way only Greenaway can) with vibrant colors, intricate sets, and sumptuous plates of food. This is one of Greenaway’s best, and most disturbing.

Friday, September 21, 2001 7:00, 9:30pm, 12am
Chocolat (2000)
Rated PG-13 (121 min.) Director: Lasse Hallstrom
With Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp

Vianne Rocher and her pre-teen daughter move into a small French town and open a chocolate shop just as Lent is beginning. The town’s intensely-Catholic mayor can’t accept her, or her chocolate, and does his best to shut her down. However, Vianne’s warm personality and incredible sweets manage to win over many townsfolk. Things get shaken up even more when a group of river drifters, led by Roux, stop into town.

Saturday, September 22, 2001 7:00pm, 9:00pm
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Rated G (85 min.) Director: Richard Lester
With John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

An exaggerated “Day In the Life” of the Beatles. The foursome travel from train to hotel to television studio with their road crew, while “Grandfather” stirs up trouble, and even temporarily convinces one member to leave his responsibilities behind to go off “paradin’.” Lester’s photography has influenced many directors since this road film appeared in 1964.

Friday, September 28, 2001 7:00pm, 10:00pm
Traffic (2000)
Rated R (147 min.) Director: Steven Soderbergh
With Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro

Soderbergh intertwines the lives of multiple characters from all walks of life and salary brackets who are all affected by America’s “War on Drugs.”
These characters include the rich teen suburbanites who smoke heroin after school, the Mexican police fighting mobs and military corruption, undercover DEA agents, the wife of a major drug dealer who thought he was an importer of art, and the newly appointed Drug Czar. Traffic intelligently tackles the tough issues of drugs and their effect on our society and the money wasted on fighting this War. Del Toro deservedly won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of an honest Mexican cop, struggling to survive.

Saturday, September 29, 2001 7:00pm, 9:15pm
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
No Rating (117 min.) Director: Blake Edwards
With Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford

We lost a screen legend this year when Jack Lemmon passed away; however, we haven’t lost one of his greatest performances. Joe Clay is the American everyman, with a good job, a beautiful new wife, and a drinking problem. Newly married, Joe has introduced his wife Kristen to the “pleasures” of drinking and soon both are confirmed alcoholics. An absorbing, frightening study of addiction.

Women’s Voices -- Jane Austen
Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

Free admission to one or both movies if you dress up like Emma or Mr. Knightly! $3 admission for one showing. $5 admission to see both movies!

Tuesday , October 2, 2001 5:00pm
“Jane Austen, Screwball Heroines and the Feminist Marriage”
Lecture in Thwing Ballroom by Molly Haskell, New York City film critic and author of “Holding my Own in No Man’s Land: Women and Men and Film and Feminists” and other books.

Friday, October 5, 2001 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Memento (2000)
Rated PG-R (113 min.) Director: Christopher Nolan
With Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

It’s hard to search for your wife’s killer when you have a damaged memory and cannot remember something for more than 40 seconds. Leonard (Guy Pearce) was an insurance investigator and now he searches for his wife’s killer with clues he has written down on notes, Polaroids, and even his own body. Brilliantly edited, the movie is told in forward flashes of events that are to come that compensate for his unreliable memory, during which he has liaisons with various complex characters. As each scene unfolds we meet various people who Leonard encounters, but doesn’t know (or does he?). The beginning (ending) is just as shocking as the ending (beginning).

Saturday, October 6, 2001 Jane Austen Double Feature!
Emma (1996) 7:00pm
Rated PG (121 min.) Director: Douglas McGrath
With Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, Greta Scacchi

“Emma” tells the story of a young woman in England who plays her town’s matchmaker. When attempting to match up her friend with the Reverend Elton, Emma starts to run into complications, which multiply amongst themselves with cases of mistaken intentions of love, a cast of supporting characters who each love someone else, but Emma doesn’t know who loves whom, and Emma finally realizing the one person she truly loves.

Clueless (1995) 9:15pm
Rated PG-13 (97 min.) Director: Amy Heckerling
With Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy

Cher Horowitz and her friend Dionne, two of the most popular sophomores in school, play matchmakers for two teachers. Inspired by their success, Cher takes under her wing Tai, a “clueless” transfer student. While trying to make an advantageous match for Tai, Cher attempts to find a boyfriend of her own. Several misfires take place, due to poor communication, before she finds the Baldwin of her dreams.

Friday, October 12, 2001 7:00pm, 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Shrek (2001)
Rated PG (90 min.) Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
With voices of Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz

Talk about fractured fairy tales . . .In a faraway land called Duloc, a heartless ruler, the midget Lord Farquaad (voiced by John Lithgow) is rounding up all of the fairy tales characters from the land, and dumps them into a swamp inhabited by a green, smelly ogre with a heart of gold named Shrek (Mike Myers). Shrek takes offense to this and pays a visit to Farquaad, accompanied by Donkey who will do anything but shut up. To gain back the privacy of his swamp, Shrek must free the beautiful, but tough Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from the castle where she is imprisoned and take her to Lord Farquaad.

Saturday, October 13, 2001 7:00pm, 9:15pm
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
Rated PG (103 min.) Director: Robert Zemeckis
With Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy

Roger Rabbit is a cartoon character who (along with many others) exists with real humans in Toontown. Eddy is a private eye who has seen better days and has been on the skids since the death of his brother at the hands of a ‘Toon. The studio hires Eddy to see if Roger’s sexy wife has other male interests, but things get out of hand as Roger is framed for murder with no one but the Toon hating Eddy to go to for help.

Wednesday, October 17, 2001 FREE SNEAK PREVIEW!
Life as a House (2001) 7:00pm
Rated R (?? min.) Director: Irwin Winkler
With Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.

Friday, October 19 - Saturday, October 20, 2001
No Movies Due to Fall Break

Wednesday, October 24, 2001 FREE SNEAK PREVIEW!
K-PAX (2001) 7:00pm
Rated PG-13 (?? min.) Director: Iain Softley
With Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack

The film tells the story of a mysterious patient (Kevin Spacey) at a mental hospital who claims to be from a distant planet called K-PAX. As his psychiatrist (Jeff Bridges) tries to figure out exactly how to help the patient, he gradually begins to realize that this so-called alien is having a remarkable effect on the mental health of the hospital's other patients.

Vampire Double Feature!

Friday, October 26, 2001 7:00pm
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
No Rating (94 min.) Director: F. W. Murnau
With Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim

Not the original Dracula movie (but close enough for most people), this follows the familiar story of Count Orlak moving from his ruined castle to the city of Wisborg, after the visit of one Jonathan Harker. Once there, he becomes involved with Jonathan’s fiancée Nina, who alone holds the power to destroy him.

Friday, October 26, 2001 9:00pm, 11:00pm
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Rated R (91 min.) Director: E. Elias Merhige
With John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Cary Elwes

Now that you have seen Nosferatu, see how it may have been made. Director F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich) is out to make the greatest silent Vampire movie ever, Nosferatu. Because he is bent on making authentic horror, he hires a real vampire named Max Screck (Willem Dafoe) to play the part of Count Orlak. Murnau promises Schreck the neck of the drug addict star, Greta Schroeder (Catherine McCormack), after filming ends. Murnau says to his crew that the reason that Schreck looks so bizarre is because he is a method actor. But they all wonder why he really looks that way, why he only wants to shoot at night, and why people are dying?

Saturday, October 27, 2001 7:00pm, 12:00am
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Rated R (100 min.) Director: Jim Sharman
With Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry

The Film Society decided to “Do the Time Warp again!” Come join the Film Society and the Rocky crowd in celebrating Halloween with this cult movie classic! Dress up, bring squirt guns, toast, rice, and the Plain Dealer! Dr. Frank N. Furter (Curry), Riff Raff, Janet (SLUT!), and the rest will all be there!! A live performance by the campus Rocky cast will accompany this show. Come early for the de-virginization exercises!

Friday, November 2, 2001 7:00pm, 9:15pm, 11:30pm
Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
Rated R (100 min.) Director: Chris Nahon
With Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tcheky Karyo

Being written and produced by French director, Luc Besson, and starring Jet Li, you know there will be lots of explosions and amazing martial arts stunts in this movie. A Chinese intelligence officer who goes to Paris on assignment becomes embroiled in a deadly conspiracy.

Saturday, November 3, 2001 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Rated PG-13 (120 min.) Director: Ang Lee
With Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang

One of last year’s best films. Crouching is an epic film and sweepingly beautiful in set design, choreography, and photography. Li Mu Bai, a great warrior decides to turn in his sword, the Green Destiny to a treasured friend. When the sword is then stolen, it is up to him to retrieve it. At the same time he is trying to avenge his father’s death by the evil Jade Fox. He is joined in his quest by Shu Lien, the un-conceded love of his life. During all of this, they are introduced to Jiao Long Yu (Jen), the mysterious and beautiful daughter of a well known family. She is the mysterious link to all these tales.

Friday, November 9, 2001 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Rated PG-13 (126 min.) Director: Baz Luhrmann
With Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo

Christian defies his father by leaving for Paris to join the turn-of-the-century Bohemian movement. Once in Paris, he encounters the mad Toulouse Lautrec who introduces Christian to the fantastical underworld of Paris and the Moulin Rouge. In this seedy but glamorous haven of sex, drugs and newly-discovered electricity, the poet-innocent finds himself plunged into a passionate but ultimately tragic love affair with Satine, the club’s highest paid star and the city’s most famous courtesan. Incredible set design and music highlight this film. But above all things, this movie is about LOVE!!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2001 7:00pm, 9:30pm
Cabaret (1972)
Rated PG (124 min.) Director: Bob Fosse
With Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem

It is the city of Berlin in 1930, a time when political unrest racks the country, the economy has been destroyed, and millions of unemployed roam the streets. Enter into this chaos an American cabaret dancer, working at the downtown “Kit-Kat club” where anything goes on the stage. Into this young dancer’s life come several characters such as a rich German politician, a young Jewish man struggling with his identity, an Englishman teacher from London, and of course the all-knowing, all-seeing Master of Ceremonies.

Friday, November 16, 2001 7:00pm, 9:30pm, 12:00am
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
Rated PG-13 (106 min.) Directors: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara
With voices of Ming-Na, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames

In the year 2065, the next great assault against an invading race of phantom-like aliens is about to be launched. Dr. Aki Ross, a brilliant young scientist, races to find the invaders’ secrets, not only to save the planet, but herself as well after her body is infected by alien particles. She teams up with the prestigious Deep Eyes military squadron, led by her old friend Grey Edwards. But as Aki, her mentor Dr. Sid, and Grey work toward a peaceful end, the scheming General Hein devises a plot to eradicate the aliens in one swift, destructive blow...even if it destroys the Earth right along with them.

Saturday, November 17, 2001 7:00pm, 9:15pm
From Russia With Love (1963)
Rated PG (116 min.) Director: Terence Young
With Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz

James Bond, 007, is sent on a mission to Istanbul to try and acquire a Russian cypher machine known as Lektor from a defecting Russian agent. However, the Russians have no knowledge of this as it is a S.P.E.C.T.R.E. ploy to lure James Bond into a trap - a fitting tribute to their now- dead agent Dr. No.

Tuesday, November 20, 2001 FREE SNEAK PREVIEW!
Spy Game (2001) 7:00pm
Rated R (?? min.) Director: Tony Scott
With Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack

CIA operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt) has been arrested in China for espionage. No stranger to the machinations of the CIA's top echelon, Muir hones all his skills and irreverent manner in order to find a way to free Bishop. As he embarks on his mission to free Bishop, Muir recalls how he recruited and trained the young rookie, at that time a sergeant in Vietnam, their turbulent times together as operatives and the woman who threatened their friendship.

Friday, November 23 - Saturday, November 24, 2001
No Movies Due to Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 30, 2001 7:00pm, 9:15pm, 11:30pm
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Rated PG (104 min.) Director: Ron Howard
With Jim Carrey, Rachel Bailit, Jeffrey Tambor

Based on the book by the famous Dr. Seuss, inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Who’s. All the Who’s love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos which he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriend the Grinch.

Saturday, December 1, 2001 7:00pm, 9:15pm
Scrooged (1988)
Rated PG-13 (101 min.) Director: Richard Donner
With Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe

Frank Cross runs a US TV station which is planning a live adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Frank’s childhood wasn’t a particularly pleasant one, and so he doesn’t really appreciate the Christmas spirit. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, Frank realizes he must change.

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Film Society presents two major motion pictures which attempt to capture the events of, and leading up to, the “Day That Will Live in Infamy.”

Friday, December 7, 2001 7:00pm, 10:30pm
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Rated PG-13 (182 min.) Director: Michael Bay
With Ben Affleck, Josh Harnett, Kate Beckinsale

Two childhood best friends, Rafe and Danny, grow up wanting to fly planes. When Rafe gets the chance to join the Royal Air Force during World War II, he takes it - leaving his new love, Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale), a dedicated Navy nurse, and Danny, also a pilot, behind. Danny and Evelyn are transferred separately to the idyllic paradise of Hawaii, where they eventually meet through a connection to Rafe, who has been declared missing. But just as the love triangle begins to get complicated, Dec. 7, 1941 arrives, changing all of their lives forever.

Saturday, December 8, 2001 7:00pm
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Rated G (144 min.) Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda
With Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Joseph Cotten

In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. “Tora! Tora! Tora!”, named after the Japanese phrase to commence an attack, covers the days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which plunged America into the Second World War.