International Film Series

February 2016 – Anti-Fascist Films in February

January 20, 2016

Beginning the Spring 2016 semester we have four excellent films from around the world with an anti-fascist theme. The four films chosen here depict the worldwide struggle against fascism from both comedic and darkly poignant viewpoints, sometimes both in the same film.  We look forward to seeing you in February!

The Great Dictator

Thursday, February 4, 6:30 PM, LAWSHE 131
125 Minutes, Rated “Approved” (1941)
Presented by Professor Kathleen Tobin
RottenTomatoes: 92% Rating

 “The first full-blown talkie from the biggest star of the silent era, complete with a message that Chaplin couldn’t have sent more loudly or clearly.” – William Goss,

“Chaplin is at his most profound in suggesting that there is much of the Tramp in the Dictator, and much of the Dictator in the Tramp.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader


Love and Anarchy

Thursday, February 11, 6:30 PM, LAWSHE 131
120 Minutes, Rated “R” (1973)
Presented by Professor Kathleen Tobin
RottenTomatoes: 83% Audience Rating

“Wertmuller, a socialist and one of Italy’s most political filmmakers, uses the movie’s absurdist comic tone to voice frustrations–Tunin’s brutality underscores the hopelessness of the lower class.” – Mark Chalon Smith, Los Angeles Times

“That’s what makes this film great; the subject matter is grim, but instead of putting you off with grimness, you are welcomed into this world with funny, larger-than-life characters” – Christopher Kaiser, Cinema Pantheon


The Wave

Thursday, February 18, 6:30 PM, LAWSHE 131
107 Minutes, Unrated
Presented by guest presenter Christina Weiler, Purdue West Lafayette
RottenTomatoes: 65% Rating

“Seductive and horrifying at the same time…The film opens with a rush of energy and doesn’t let up.” – James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter

“The Wave forces a confrontation with the seductive potential in all of us to abuse and be abused by the exercise of singular power in the name of good.” – Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press

A Face In the Crowd

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 PM, LAWSHE 131
126 Minutes, Unrated
Presented by Professor Kathleen Tobin
RottenTomatoes: 92% Rating

“Andy Griffith, as a hick radio star modeled on Arthur Godfrey, delivers an astonishing, sinister performance in Elia Kazan’s 1957 essay on media demagoguery.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“A fascinating early look at the unholy alliance between politics and entertainment, the corporations controlling it all. With Griffith’s wild performance, even though the film has its flaws, it’s worth viewing.” – Kimberly Gadette, Doddle

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Spanish Film Fiesta

November 8, 2015

Our final slate of movies for the Fall 2015 semester are Spanish-language films presented by the PUC Spanish Club. Each film is being shown at the same time and location, 6:30 PM in Porter 103 on Thursdays minus Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy this selection as the semester comes to a close and we look forward to seeing you next year in 2016!

7 Dias

Thursday, November 12, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
95 Minutes, PG-13
Presented by Cindy Torres
RottenTomatoes Link

Winner of 4 awards and 6 other nominations.

 A guy on the lower rungs of the music business shoots for the moon by bringing one of the biggest bands in the world to his hometown in this drama. Claudio (Eduardo Arroyuelo) is a music promoter who is tired of living in the shadow of his successful brother, who came to dominate the business before his untimely death. Claudio has decided he wants to stage a concert that will earn him a reputation all his own, and pulling in every favor he has, he attempts to pull off a major coup — bringing U2 to Mexico City.”  — Rotten Tomatoes


Una Noche

Thursday, November 19, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
90 Minutes, Unrated
Presented by Thomas Roach
RottenTomatoes: 80% Rating

“Not only a portrait of the frustrations and yearnings of Cuban youth, but a universally relevant one of any people striving for more and better than their current stifling existences.”
– Michael Dequina,

“Molloy captures the Cuban spirit of energy, resiliency, resourcefulness, and passion. She does an impressive job of blending an intimate story of friends with a meticulously observed portrait of Havana.”
– Beth Accomando,


Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
108 Minutes, Unrated
Presented by Thomas Roach
RottenTomatoes: 100% Rating

“An evocative portrait of a time and a place and also a subtly rewarding character study of three ordinary people in search of that extraordinary dream, a taste of freedom.”
– Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic

“Half a century after The Beatles, here’s a Spanish film that reminds us just what that music represented to their first generation of fans – freedom, and a connection with others touched by the same songs, the world over.”
– Roger Moore, Tribune News Service


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French Cinema at the IFS

October 16, 2015

Continuing after our previous slate of German-language films we have three excellent French films that are sure to engage and excite you! All films are scheduled for 6:30 PM in PORTER 103 every Thursday with free refreshments. Each showing is scheduled to be presented by Florian Vauleon.


Thursday, October 22, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
139 Minutes, Rated R
RottenTomatoes: 92% Rating

“‘’Incendies’ is muscular, emotional film-making of the highest order, self-confident in its delivery yet always respectful of its characters’ plight.”
– Jason Solomons, Observer

“Most people do not choose their religions but have them forced upon themselves by birth, and the lesson of ‘Incendies’ is that an accident of birth is not a reason for hatred.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


The Hedgehog

Thursday, October 29, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
100 Minutes, Unrated
RottenTomatoes: 88% Rating

“A reminder that, sometimes, the movies can get a beloved book exactly right.”
– Moria MacDonald, Seattle Times

“Balasko’s performance is the highlight, as she breathes believable inner life into the stock character of the lonely, embittered widow.”
– Marc Mohan, Oregonian



Thursday, November 5, 6:30 PM, PORTER 103
96 Minutes, Rated PG-13
RottenTomatoes: 96% Rating

“The film’s nuanced view of social issues is complemented by lovely black-and-white animation work that blends Islamic motifs into a sort of Yellow Submarine-ish world.”
– Bob Mondello,

“Persepolis is, in its way, a hymn to the enduring influence of family, particularly during a time in which the state is attempting to seize all hearts, minds and instincts for itself.”
– Jenny McCartney, Daily Telegraph


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October 8th Cancellation Notice – “The Edge of Heaven”

October 8, 2015

Our scheduled showing of “The Edge of Heaven” for today, October 8, 2015, has been cancelled due to illness. That means that the next showing at the International Film Series will be NEXT THURSDAY at 6:30 PM, not tonight as originally planned. The film we will be showing next time is “Guten Tag, Ramon” as per the schedule. We look forward to seeing you next week!

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