January's Films

From: John
Sent on: Monday, December 31, 2007 12:31 PM
Dear Radical Visionaries,

We have six (!) amazing films lined up for January. Please check the links below for more information and to RSVP.

What: Emile de Antonio?s Point of Order!
When: Saturday, January 5, 12 noon
Details: The first and still most important documentary about the McCarthy era of American politics, Point of Order! is a distillation of 188 hours of television coverage of the 1954 hearings during which Senator Joseph McCarthy, through his Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations, accused the U.S. Army of harboring communists in its ranks.
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: Meeting Resistance
When: Wednesday, January 9, 5:30 pm
Details: Shot over ten months in the streets, alleyways and ubiquitous teashops of the Adhamiya neighborhood of Baghdad, Meeting Resistance looks at eight 'insurgents,' each with his or her own reasons for opposing the American-led occupation. The film witnesses how they began to organize themselves, within days of the downfall of Baghdad, reveals why they have decided to violently oppose the occupation of the country, and hears in their words the underlying ideological foundations to their fight and how and why those have changed over time.
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: Half of Life
When: Friday, January 11, 12 noon
Details: ?Half of Life? is the title of German Romantic poet Friedrich H?lderlin's most famous poem, written in 1805, near the end of the 10-year period portrayed in this film that is largely centered on H?lderlin's love and longing for Susette Borkenstein Gontard, wife of a Frankfurt banker. This 1985 East German film stars the late Ulrich M?he, the actor who won acclaim as the sympathetic Stasi agent in last year?s The Lives of Others.
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: The Violin
When: Saturday, January 12, 6 pm
Details: Set in a small Mexican village during the uprisings of the seventies, this tender and exceptionally poignant film portrays the tensions between the peasants and military in the Guerrero region. Shot in stunning black and white and unfolding with a dreamlike languor, it transcends traditional social commentary. The Violin is a tribute to the curative nature of art, as well as a beautiful story about a father's love for his family and the sacrifice of an unlikely hero.
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: Alexander Nevsky
When: Sunday, January 13, 1 pm
Sergei Eisenstein's first completed sound film, Alexander Nevsky features not just a score by Prokofiev, but a brilliant formal collaboration, a form of cinematic opera based on Eisenstein's theories of contrapuntal dynamics. Filmed on the eve of World War II, this highly stylized film, though set in 1241, had the authority of a contemporary documentary: its forceful portrayal of a nationalist hero who lives among the fishermen of a peaceful village courageously confronting machinelike and heavily armored foreign invaders points to the imminent danger of an invasion of Russia by Fascist Germany.
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: Godard?s La Chinoise
When: Friday, January 18, 8:15 pm
Jean-Luc Godard's infamous 1967 "pop-agitprop portrait of revolutionary youth." "In an apartment painted brilliant shades of red and blue, five young people--including V?ronique (Anne Wiazemsky), a philosophy student, and the actor Guillaume (an ardent L?aud)--attempt to live according to the precepts of Chairman Mao, their shortwave tuned to Radio Peking. In an assemblage of skits that bridges Pop and agitprop, Godard portrays the progress of these 'petit Maoists' from playing at revolution to making it. It remained for the events of May 1968 to prove La Chinoise prophetic, and the film's fascination only grows in retrospect.
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

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