Colloquium Films, Fall 2018
Ed & Sue Felty, the new owners of the Allen Theater at 36 East Main St. in Annville, have generously agreed to continue hosting our Colloquium Series films (www.allentheatre.com/lvc). All films begin at 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and are free for LVC students, staff, and faculty. The cost to the general public is $5.
Monday, September 17. Lincoln (2012) with Prof. Jim Broussard.
This epic historical drama, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, stars Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln. The film focuses on the final four months of Lincoln’s life, especially his herculean efforts in January 1865 to have the House of Representatives pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, formally abolishing slavery. The film does a superb job of capturing the spirit of Abraham Lincoln and the tumult of the era, and offers a poignant reminder about the contingencies of history – making it very clear that it was never inevitable or preordained that the enslavement of African Americans in the USA would come to an end. Running time: 150 mins.
Monday, October 1. Atomic Blonde (2017) with Prof. Philip Benesch.
This action thriller starring Charlize Theron is based on the graphic novel The Coldest City (2012). The movie revolves around a spy who must find a list of double agents in the final days of the Cold War. The tense drama, accompanied by period music (including David Bowie and Queen), unfolds on the eve of the toppling of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Among the best female protagonist action films of recent years, the film grapples with power plays within and between intelligence agencies, with a backdrop of mass demonstrations and mass anticipation of regime change in East Germany. Everyone in Atomic Blonde seems to have a stake in the outcome, making for a complex web of motivations and personalities and an illuminating, action-packed thriller without didactic pretension. Running time: 115 mins.
Monday, October 15. At the River I Stand (1993) with Prof. John Hinshaw.
. This compelling film reconstructs the two eventful months in 1968 that led to the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the climax of the Civil Rights Movement. It shows how Memphis's black community rallied behind a strike led by 1,300 sanitation workers for a living wage, summed up by the slogan “I Am a Man.” King joined their struggle to his growing nation-wide Poor People's Campaign. The movie shows the final days of King and the power of his critique of poverty, racism, and the institutionalized violence necessary to maintain both. Running time: 56 minutes.
Monday, October 29. Roberto Clemente (2009) with Prof. Ivette Guzmán-Zavala.
This PBS “American Experience” documentary offers in-depth look at an exceptional baseball player and committed humanitarian who challenged racial discrimination to become baseball’s first Latino superstar. Featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning authors David Maraniss and George F. Will, Clemente’s wife Vera, Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, and former teammates, this captivating film presents an intimate and revealing portrait of a man whose passion and grace made him a legend. Running time: 60 mins.
Monday, November 12. How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016) with Prof. Michael Schroeder.
In this riveting film, Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox, producer of GasLand (2010) and GasLand Part II (2013) continues in his deeply personal style to investigate climate change – arguably the greatest threat that human civilization has ever faced. Traveling to twelve countries on six continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? Running time: 127 mins.
Monday, November 26. Blackfish (2013) with Prof. Theresa Rosenberg.
This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured documentary tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry. The film challenges us to consider our relationship to the non-human natural world and how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. Running time: 83 mins.