The Dorothy & Lillian Gish Film Theater & Gallery
Gish Film Theater Fall 2013 Schedule
The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Film Theater
Bowling Green State University
Fall Showings • 2013
Gish Film Theater and Gallery
Located in Hanna Hall, first floor, Bowling Green State University. Park in Lot A, corner of South College Drive and East Wooster Street.
Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Film and the Gish Film Theater Endowment.
All films are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday nights, the Gish Film Theater is the place to be. With classics, cult favorites, quirky indie films and cutting-edge documentaries, Tuesdays at The Gish is for fans and connoisseurs looking for film treasures off the beaten track.
Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 p.m.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
(1993), U.S., 118 minutes
Director: Lasse Hallström
A not-to-be-missed chance to see Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio early in their careers! With Juliette Lewis as a rare visitor to town, Mary Steenburgen as a lonely housewife, and bits by Kevin Tighe, John C. Reilly and Crispin Glover (acting normal). Shot by legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Hallstöm’s adaptation illuminates a moment when creative artists from Europe and the U.S. combined their efforts to make a film that is now seen as an international treasure.
Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.
(2001), U.S., 111 minutes
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Enid (Thora Birch) and her friend Rebecca (Scarlet Johansson) have graduated from high school, except that Enid, who spends all her time drawing, has to spend her summer in an art class she flunked. They know they don’t want be like everyone else, but they don’t really know what they want. Their misadventures lead Enid to a curious friendship with fellow outcast Seymour (Steve Buscemi). Based on the graphic novel by the amazing Daniel Clowes.
Tuesday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.
The Gold Rush
(1925), U.S., 88 minutes
Director: Charles Chaplin
Combining social commentary with slapstick humor in the typical Chaplin fashion, the film follows Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character as he travels out West in search of riches, only to eventually discover love. Perhaps the most famous of Chaplin’s silent films, The Gold Rush succeeds at being a hilarious and emotional rollercoaster that manages to be just as funny and effective today as it was when it first came out in 1925.
Tuesday, October 8, 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Vanishes
(1938), U.S., 96 minutes
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
After befriending an elderly woman while boarding a train, Iris (Margaret Lockwood) is surprised when everyone on the train denies the woman’s existence after she
mysteriously disappears. Although Alfred Hitchcock is best known for his work in Hollywood with classics like Rear Window, North by Northwest and Psycho, this film shows that his earlier work in Britain can be just as fun, thrilling and exciting as the rest of his work.
Tuesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
BGSU Department of Theatre and Film Student Work in Recent Film Production Courses
The evening features short films created in courses such as “Film I: Cinematography,” “Film II: Editing, Image, & Sound,” “Film III: Sync Sound Production,” “Acting-Directing for Film” and “Applied Aesthetics for the Moving Image.” Screenings of film majors’ individual and group projects will be accompanied by question-and-answer periods with the filmmakers, the audience and members of the film faculty.
Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
(1945), U.S., 67 minutes
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Detour is a must-see cult classic. Selfproclaimed film junkie Karen Bacellar explains: “Stripped of the glamorousness that gives other film noir pictures their appeal, Edgar G. Ulmer’s Detour presents us with the genre in its rawest form. This B picture, from PRC . . . has every element of classic noir films, from the use of flashback, to a doomed romance, to the femme fatale, and of course, a murder.”
Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Kansas City Confidential
(1952), U.S., 99 minutes
Director: Phil Karlson
After a gang of robbers steal a million dollars from an armored truck, the truck driver, Joe Rolfe (John Payne) is accused of collaborating. He decides to discover who set him up, but he doesn’t realize this heist involves a web of corruption. This grim classic noir film is not only a landmark film for the crime genre, but it has inspired contemporary classics such as Reservoir Dogs and L.A. Confidential.
Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
(1976), U.S., 97 minutes
Director: Michael Schulz
Set in 1970s Los Angeles, the film follows a group of car wash workers and the hijinks and problems that occur each day. The film features a host of memorable characters with their own quirks and problems. With a loose narrative structure, Car Wash can be both hilarious and emotional and makes one truly sympathize with the workers of small business.
The International Film Series brings classic and recent foreign-language films features and occasionally a documentary - to campus to acquaint university and off-campus communities with a selection of world cinema. Sometimes sets of films correspond to a theme or to a course topic, in which case faculty members frequently introduce them. Students of world languages also enjoy seeing films in the original language on a large screen, but all films do carry English subtitles. All films are free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 19, 7:30 p.m.
The Tiniest Place
(El lugar más pequeño)
(2011), Mexico, 104 minutes
Director: Tatiana Huezo
This documentary is a story about mankind’s ability to arise, to rebuild and to reinvent itself after surviving a tragedy. It is also a story about a people that have learned to live with their sorrow, of an annihilated town that reemerges through the strength and deep love of its inhabitants for the land and the people in a tiny place nestled in the mountains amid the humid Salvadoran jungle.
Thursday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.
Where Do We Go Now?
(Et maintenant on va où?)
(2011), Lebanon, 110 minutes
Director: Nadine Labaki
Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, Where Do We Go Now? follows the antics of the town’s women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women heartsick
over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers.
Thursday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.
(2002), Russia, 99 minutes
Director: Alexander Sokurov
A visually hypnotizing cinematic feat, Russian Ark is Alexander Sokurov’s spellbinding ode to St. Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum in Russia. Shot in one, fluid-90-minute take using high definition video cameras, the
photography floats and careens through the lavish corridors of the museum, examining its architectural details while following a dreamlike plot. A cast of 867 actors, thousands of extras and three live orchestras supply the action of the film. Through the sheer determination of the director, or possibly a miracle, the first-ever single screen, single-take full-length feature was created.
Thursday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Kung Fu Hustle
(2004), Hong Kong, 99 minutes
Director: Stephen Chow
Amid the chaos of pre-revolutionary China, small-time thief Sing aspires to be one of the sophisticated and ruthless Axe Gang whose underworld activities overshadow the city. Stumbling across a crowded apartment complex aptly known as “Pig Sty Alley,” Sing attempts to extort money from one of the ordinary locals, but the neighbors are not what they appear. Sing’s comical attempts at intimidation inadvertently attract the Axe
Gang into the fray, setting off a chain of events that brings the two disparate worlds face-to-face. As the inhabitants of the Pig Sty fight for their lives, the ensuing clash of kung fu titans unearths some legendary martial arts masters. Sing, despite his futile attempts, lacks the soul of a killer and must face his own mortality in order to discover the true nature of the kung fu master.
Thursday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
(1962) Japan, 133 minutes
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself—but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize, Harakiri a fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system.
Thursday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.
(2002), Japan, 129 minutes
Director: Yoji Yamada
Set in mid-19th century Japan, a few years before the Meiji Restoration, the film follows the life of Seibei Iguchi, a low-ranking samurai employed as a bureaucrat. Poor, but not destitute, he still manages to lead a content and happy life with his daughters and senile mother. Through an unfortunate turn of events, the turbulent times conspire against him. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 76th Academy Awards.
Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
The White Ribbon
(Das weiße band)
(2002), Germany, 144 min
Director: Michael Haneke
In a village in Protestant northern Germany on the eve of World War I, the children of a church and school run by the village schoolteacher and their families experience a series of bizarre incidents that inexplicably assume the characteristics of a punishment ritual. Who could be responsible for such bizarre transgressions? Leonie Benesch, Josef Bierbichler and Rainer Bock star in director Michael Haneke’s Palm d’Or-winning period drama.
Thursday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.
(2002), France, 127 minutes
Director: Michael Haneke
An octogenarian couple find their love put to the ultimate test when one of them suffers a stroke, and the other must assume the role of the caretaker in this compassionate yet unsentimental drama. Georges and Anne are retired classical-music teachers savoring their golden years in a comfortable apartment when Anne experiences a stroke that leaves her partially paralyzed. As devoted Georges struggles with the formidable task of becoming Anne’s full-time caretaker, a visit from their adult daughter, Eva, reaffirms just how secluded from society the highly educated couple have become since retiring.
Sponsored by the Gish Film Theater Endowment.
All films are free and open to the public.
The Sunday Matinee Series - The Sunday Matinee Series provides students, faculty, staff and the public with important opportunities to screen classic American and foreign films, with introductions by film historian and author Dr. Jan Wahl of Toledo, Ohio. One film per term, featuring Lillian Gish (1893-1993) and Dorothy Gish (1898-1968), commemorates their respective birthdays.
Sunday, September 15, 3 p.m.
The Greatest Clown:
(1918-1922), U.S., 100 minutes
With Charlie Chaplin and Edna Purviance
Director: Charlie Chaplin
With his tattered bowler bat, outsized shoes, baggy pants and cane, Chaplin became the most internationally recognized figure in the history of movies with the possible exception of Mickey Mouse. He could make something
serious funny and something funny serious, as evidenced by A Dog’s Life and Shoulder Arms (both 1918), in which he turns poverty, in the first, and war, in the other, absolutely inside out. Chaplin was a coward and hero
and played both skillfully and truthfully—that was his genius. The program concludes with Pay Day (1922).
Sunday, September 22, 3 p.m.
The Most Inventive Clown:
(1926), U.S., 70 minutes
With Buster Keaton, Snitz Edwards
and Sally O’Neal
Director: Buster Keaton
Of all silent comedians, Keaton has burned the brightest—however, in his heyday Chaplin and Harold Lloyd were the crowdpleasers. Each of his silent features is packed with astounding gags. Battling Butler was among his own keen favorites and became his second most successful feature. (The Navigator, 1924, was the top box office winner.) Because of its popularity, Keaton was able to make The General (1926), his masterpiece. Preceded by The Haunted House (1921).
September 29, 2013, 3 p.m.
The Forgotten Clown:
(1925-1926), U.S., 100 minutes
With Harry Langdon and Vernon Dent
Director: Harry Edwards
Nearly a decade after The Little Tramp left Mack Sennett, Sennett signed up the master comic Harry Langdon, who too briefly was considered Chaplin’s equal. Langdon’s screen character is like none other—was he a child or a man? Langdon invented this odd, elf-like being and benefitted from a number of scripts written by Frank Capra. His First Flame (1927) is a featurette released after Langdon parted with Sennett. Preceded by two of the best short films, His Marriage Vow (1925) and Saturday Afternoon (1926). Piano accompaniment by Michael Pesliskis.
October 6, 2013, 3 p.m.
Miss Susie Slagel’s
(1946), U.S., 75 minutes
With Lillian Gish, Veronica Lake
and Sonny Tufts
Director: John Berry
Lillian Gish (alias Miss Susie Slagle) runs a boarding-house for medical students at the turn of the last century. She is the mother hen, the wise, helpful landlady we all would wish for. This is a rare performance in a “lost” film by Miss Gish as a kind of preparation for the fascinating, strong portrayal she’d give in Charles Laughton’s powerful thriller, The Night of the Hunter, ten years later. Preceded by Allez Oop (1934) in which Buster Keaton moves into sound comedy with his incredible acrobatic skills.