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Free Movies at Duke - April 5th - April 10th (including rescheduled Monty Python!)

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Tuesday April 5th at 7pm in the Griffith Film Theater:
The Kenan Ethics Film Series: "Communities" concludes with:
Lars and the Real Girl
(Craig Gillespie, 2007, 106 min, USA, English & Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Color, DVD)

-- Discussion to follow, led by students from Team Kenan!

Written by "Six Feet Under" scribe Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl is a dramatic comedy about a socially inept man who develops a relationship with a lifelike doll that he orders online. The movie focuses on the impact this has on the lives of his family and their town.

Winner of the National Board of Review Award for Best Original Screenplay (tied with Juno)
Best Original Screenplay nominee at the 2007 Academy Awards
Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Ryan Gosling)
Screen Actors Guild nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Ryan Gosling)
Writers Guild of America nominee for Best Original Screenplay

Sponsored by the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).

Wednesday April 6th at 7pm in the Richard White Auditorium (East Campus):
The Brazilian Documentary Film Series continues with the North Carolina premiere of:
(João Moreira Salles, 2007, 80 min, Brazil, Portuguese w/ English Subtitles, DVD)

-- Introduced by Aaron J. Lorenz, PhD, Post-Doctoral Associate of Luso-Brazilian Studies. Q&A to follow!

This documentary by veteran documentary filmmaker João Moreira Salles is a ferocious self-examination of the art of framing documentary films. Returning to an unfinished documentary he had filmed 15 years earlier, Salles discovered that he in fact was the subject of the documentary he had been unable to complete. Through brilliant editing, Salles reveals all of the directions with which he orients Santiago, the life-long employee of his family’s house, and subsequently the relationships of power that link subject and object, servant and child of the boss. A thoughtful reflection on the process of framing, the documentary emphasizes the collaborative creation of meaning through its documentation of Salles’ and Santiago’s relationship.
--Winner of the 2008 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize for Best Documentary and the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the 2008 Miami Film Festival!
Sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).

Thursday April 7th at 7pm in the Richard White Auditorium (East Campus):
The Cine-East: East Asian Cinema series continues with:
Turning Point 1977 (Gaokao 1977)
(Jiang Haiyan, 2009, 110 min, China, in Chinese w/ English Subtitles, Color, DVD)

-- Introduced by playwright Nick Rongjun Yu (stage version of "1977"); followed by a Q&A with 1977 entrance exam alumni!

Set at the close of the Cultural Revolution, Turning Point 1977 tells the story of a group of young idealists battling for the right to return home and restart their lives after years of toil on a state run re-education farm in China.

Turning Point 1977 (Gaokao 1977) was a hit film in China last year. It is about a watershed event, when the college entrance examination was re-instated in China for the first time after the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). The characters are youth who have been "sent down" to the countryside to do hard labor alongside the peasants during the Cultural Revolution and now face the prospect of returning to the city and trying to get into college. This process in China then--and still today--is extremely competitive and most young people in China are not able to win a spot in a university.

Joining us for the screening is our Duke guest resident playwright from China, Nick Yu (Yu Rongjun) who wrote a stage adaptation of "1977" after the film came out. He will briefly tell his own unique story of taking the college entrance examination in the 1990s, and he will explain why he chose to make a stage version of the film, as well as scenes he added to his play that do not appear in the film. Also joining us will be members of our Chinese community at Duke who actually took the college entrance exam in 1977, the year it was offered for the first time in a decade. It is a rare opportunity to hear about an important moment in recent Chinese history and ponder its meaning for all of us. It is also a chance to see a wonderful and moving film (a fictional drama, not a documentary, but based on true stories) with characters whose friendships, family relationships, humor and pain, and desires for a bright future hit home with all of us at Duke.

Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Dept. of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).

RESCHEDULED EVENT: {this screening did not take place on April 1st, as originally scheduled, due to bad weather}
Saturday April 9th at 8:15pm, on the East Campus Quad:
The First Year Library Advisory Board presents a special outdoor screening of:
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, 1975, 89 min, UK, in English, Color, DVD)
-- Free Popcorn and beverages will be provided!

From its opening multi-language titles (is that Swedish?) to the closing arrest of the entire Dark Ages cast by modern-day bobbies, this film helped to define 'irreverence' and became an instant cult classic. This time the Pythons savage the legend of King Arthur, juxtaposing some excellently selected exterior locations with an unending stream of anachronistic one-liners, non-sequiturs, and slapstick set pieces. When the mythical king of the Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit, a house of virgins, and a handful of rude Frenchmen.
Sponsored by the First Year Library Advisory Board, the Duke University Libraries, Devils After Dark, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).

Sunday April 10th at 7pm in the Richard White Auditorium (East Campus):
The Cine-East: East Asian Cinema series concludes with a special "Kurosawa & Philosophy" presentation of:
(Akira Kurosawa, 1950, 88 min, Japan, Japanese w/ English Subtitles, Black & White, DVD)
-- Discussion and snacks to follow!

In ancient Japan, a woman is raped and her husband killed. The film gives us four viewpoints of the incident - one for each defendant - each revealing a little more detail. Which version, if any, is the real truth about what happened?

"Innovative, experimental and brilliantly constructed, Rashomon is one of world cinema's truly great works, questioning the notions of truth and morality with its multiple perspective, a film that put Kurosawa and Japanese cinema on the international map." -- Emanuel Levy

Winner of an honorary Academy Award for Outstanding Foreign Language Film, at a time when the category of "foreign language film" did not yet exist! Nominated for Best Film at the 1953 BAFTA Awards!
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