“For Home and Country” World War I Film Series: "Lawrence of Arabia"
In this film adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-Prize winning 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout Finch and her older brother, Jem, live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall). When Atticus (Gregory Peck), their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.
Wise Blood is the film adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s acclaimed 1952 novel. After returning home from World War II, uneducated and irreligious U.S. Army veteran Hazel Motes (Brad Dourif) decides to make his way in the world by impersonating a priest and starting his own religion. Motes soon attracts a follower—a manic potato peeler named Enoch Emery (Dan Shot)—but things get complicated when he encounters fellow sidewalk charlatans Asa Hawks (Harry Dean Stanton) and his waif-like young daughter, Sabbath Lilly Hawks (Amy Wright).
Southern Women Artists Film Series: “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter”
The film adaptation of Carson McCullers’ famous novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, stars Alan Arkin. When deaf-mute Singer moves to a small city to be near his only friend confined in a hospital, he grows attached to his landlady’s sensitive 16-year-old daughter. (1968, G, 122 min.) Presented in conjunction with Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection. Sponsored by UGA Parents Leadership Council.
Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago, including a classic scene at the Art Institute of Chicago. Directed by John Hughes. (1986, PG-13, 103 minutes).
Debonair, adventuresome billionaire Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) is bored of being able to buy everything he desires and cultivates a secret hobby: stealing priceless works of art. He believes he has pulled off the perfect multimillion-dollar heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art but matches wits with an insurance investigator (Rene Russo) who will do anything to get her man. (1999, R, 113 minutes).
A newly-recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc. Starring Ben Stiller and Ricky Gervais. (2006, PG, 108 minutes).
Live from Bethlehem, chronicles the struggles, failures and triumphs of the Ma'an News Network, the only major independent news source in the Palestinian Territories. Following the lives of the station's reporters, producers and photographers, this documentary provides an in-depth, balanced look into the challenges of making news in one of the world's most combative regions. A highly observational film, Live From Bethlehem focuses more on people than politics while still engaging with questions of gender equality and freedom of expression in the evolving Palestinian mediascape.
Join the Georgia Museum of Art for films discussed by scholars, filmmakers and students. Each film will include a 15-minute introduction by a guest speakers and short conversations about the film following the screening. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris.” “An American in Paris,” with its gorgeous dance sequences and beautiful, frequently melancholic Gershwin score, won the Academy Award for best picture. Gene Kelly stars as Gerry, an American expatriate painter in postwar Paris.
Film screening and discussion. Film summary: "Yawar Mallku" (Blood of the Condor) is a 1969 film by Jorge Sanjinés. Set in Bolivia, the film tells the story of a Peace Corps-like American agency that is secretly sterilizing indigenous women under the guise of providing health care, provoking an uprising by the targeted population. Based upon information shared with the filmmaker by the indigenous population. Discussant: Khédija Gadhoum specializes in contemporary Latin American literature and culture.