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archive: spring 2009

FILM@UC - Spring 2009

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
 
January 22
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
[Richard Brooks, USA, 1958,
108 min.]

Rivalry, greed, and mendacity cause sparks to fly as a Southern family gathers for the 65th birthday of their domineering family patriarch in this American classic that is a fitting film by which to remember the late Paul Newman.
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Under the Bombs
 
January 29 
Under the Bombs
[Philipe Aractingi, France/Lebanon, 2007, 98 min.]

An untraditional Shiite mother returns to Lebanon during a cease-fire in the 2006 Lebanese-Israeli conflict and, with the help of a Christian taxi driver, searches the war-ravaged countryside for her lost son. 
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Roger & MeFebruary 5 
Roger & Me
[Michael Moore, USA, 1989, 91 min.]

Twenty years ago, Michael Moore set out to ask Roger Smith, Chairman of General Motors, why GM’s then-record profits had failed to create jobs in the corporation’s rapidly crumbling hometown of Flint, Michigan.




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Mongol
 
February 12
Mongol
[Sergei Bodrov, Russia, 2007,
126 min.]

This sweeping epic, filmed amid the breathtaking landscapes of Kazakhstan and Inner Mongolia, recounts the formative years of Genghis Khan, who went from captivity to conquering half the world.


 
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JCVD
 
February 19
JCVD
[Mabrouk El Mechri, Belgium, 2008,
96 min.]

Self-parody and action sequences freely mix as Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself in this cult hit about a washed-up action hero in the midst of personal turmoil and professional disappointment who stumbles into a real-life drama straight out of one of his movies.
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Dust

 
February 26
Dust
[Hartmut Bitomsky, Germany, 2007, 90 min.]

This thought-provoking documentary reveals the many ways in which dust affects our bodies, our environment, and even the cosmos, and offers a fresh, new way to see the entire world.
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Flow
 
March 5
Flow
[Irena Salina, USA/France, 2008, 
84 min.]

This wide-ranging and engaging documentary investigates the rapidly growing threat resulting from the increasing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply.
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I am Good
 
March 12 
I am Good
[Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic, 2008,
102 min.]

An unlikely group of conmen scheme to turn the tables on local card sharks in this light-hearted comedy that combines action, intrigue and a loving tip of the hat to the Newman/Redford classic The Sting.
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