Oklahoma City University has announced the lineup for the 30th-anniversary installment of its Film Series. It kicks off Sunday, Sept. 25 with the 1957 Oscar-winning musical romance “Black Orpheus,” (poster pictured) colorfully directed by Marcel Camus.
The rest of the scheduled films are: • Lee Chang-dong’s “Poetry,” Oct. 9 • George Sluizer’s “The Vanishing,” Oct. 23 • Ken Loach’s “Kes,” Nov. 6 • Jean Renoir’s “The River,” Jan. 22, 2012 • Majid Majidi’s “Children of Heaven,” Feb. 5, 2012 • Claudia Llosa’s “The Milk of Sorrow,” Feb. 19, 2012 • Kenji Mizoguchi's “Sansho the Bailiff,” March 4, 2012
“Poetry” recently showed at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and I can vouch for the South Korean drama’s excellence. “The Vanishing” is sly programming for the pre-Halloween slot, as the Danish thriller from 1988 bears one chiller of an ending (skip its 1993 subpar American remake, however).
All films are free, and shown in the Kerr-McGee Auditorium in the college’s Meinders School of Business, N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. —Rod Lott
Oklahoma City University continues its 30th annual Film Institute series on Jan. 22 with Jean Renoir’s “The River,” based on Rumer Godden’s 1946 novel.
The 1951 drama serves as an unconventional romance, centered on three girls in India who fall in love with the same man, an American solider (Thomas E. Breen) who lost one leg in the war. No less a cinema master than Martin Scorsese deems the Technicolor production as one of “the two most beautiful color films ever made. I watch that film three times a year. Sometimes four.”
When Scorsese showed to Wes Anderson, the younger director was inspired to make “The Darjeeling Limited.” (If, like me, you found “Darjeeling” to be a blight on Anderson’s otherwise spotless filmography, blame Marty, I guess.) According to a press release from OCU, “The River” was one of the two most requested films on the evaluation forms from last year’s series.
“The River” screens for free at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Meinders School of Business’ Kerr-McGee Auditorium, 2501 N. Blackwelder.
Still to come are: • “Children of Heaven,” Feb. 5; • “The Milk of Sorrow,” Feb. 19; and • “Sansho the Baliff,” March 4.