Wednesday, March 23
The Illusionist2010. UK/France. Dir: Sylvain Chomet. With Animated. 80 min.
director of THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE honors whimsical auteur Jacques Tati
(PLAYTIME), animating his unproduced story about an old stage magician
struggling to compete with the increasingly popular rock stars of 1950’s
France. Their cinematic love-child is a vibrant, nostalgic Oscar nominee
brimming with rich color and visual complexity.
Thursday, March 24
Pray the Devil Back to Hell2008. USA. Dir: Gina Reticker. With Documentary. 72 min.
honor of Women’s History Month, witness the remarkable non-violent role
Liberian women played in ending their country’s second civil war. Amidst the
power struggle between the President and rebel armies, a simple grass-roots
demonstration grew into a multi-faith peace movement. Guest speaker: producer Abigail Disney.
Friday, March 25
The Fighter2010. USA. Dir: David O. Russell. With Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale. 115 min.
Pride of Lowell, Mass. boxes his way through familial hardships and in-ring
opponents alike. Packing the powerful one-two punch of Wahlberg and Bale –
along with the foxy Amy Adams, the profane Melissa Leo, and a gaggle of ugly
sisters – this updated underdog story pushes, pulls, and pummels with brute cinematic
Saturday, March 26
The Black Camel (1931), Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938). USA. Dir: Dir. Hamilton MacFadden. With Warner Oland. With Dir: H. Bruce Humberstone. With Sidney Toler. 71 min., 67 min.
double-dip into the fun B-movie escapades of crime-fighter Charlie Chan. Then
on March 31, join author Yunte Huang at
4:30 in The Mansfield Freeman Center to hear about the character’s origins