DEAD MAN WALKING1995. USA. Dir: Tim Robbins. With Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn. 122 min
A pious but pragmatic nun comforts a convicted killer awaiting execution. Pitch-perfect performances mark an intimate drama that refuses to favor any perspective on the crime, instead becoming a moving testament to the importance of facing the consequences of one’s actions. Guest Speaker: Sister Helen Prejean, upon whose story the film is based. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain.
THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER (EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL)1974. USA. Dir: Werner Herzog. With Bruno S.. 110 min
A bizarre, mute figure appears in the middle of a town square after spending his whole life chained to the floor of a dungeon. As the curious townspeople teach him to communicate, a lyrical fable unfolds with the riddle of existence at its center.
MOULIN ROUGE!2001. USA. Dir: Baz Lurhmann. With Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor. 127 min
Before "Glee" dared to mash-up Bon Jovi and Usher, Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman found romance by singing Nirvana and Elton John while dancing on top of an elephant. Lush, colorful, and completely over the top, Lurhmann’s giddy camerawork and frenetic editing capture the fever of being in love in this vibrant modern musical.
I’M NO ANGEL1933. USA. Dir: Wesley Ruggles. With Mae West, Cary Grant. 87 min
Mae West sticks her head in a lion’s mouth and comes out a star, only to find herself caught between the criminal underworld and Grant’s suave socialite. But it's not a problem for this wisecracking dame, who takes charge with her potent blend of sex appeal and verbal comedy. Preceded by W.C. Field’s absurd Yukon spoof THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER.