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UW-Eau Claire Announces Spring Film Schedule

RELEASED: Jan. 11, 2006

Notre Musique posterEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire film series resumes for the spring semester with "Notre Musique" (France-Switzerland 2004), screening Friday-Sunday, Jan. 26-29. The International Film Society will present Jean-Luc Godard's latest film at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Part poetry, part journalism, part philosophy, "Notre Musique" is a timeless meditation on war as seen through the prisms of cinema, text and image. The film takes a symbolic journey starting in hell, represented by modern war; moving to purgatory, set in Sarajevo, where a Jewish journalist hopes to confirm the possibilities of peace and reconciliation; and ending in paradise, a chunk of Swiss countryside with a varied population.

Desson Thomson of the Washington Post called the film "a Dantelike, three-part opus about our eternal relationship with warfare, both beautiful and repellent. It's about how we idolize, understand and poeticize it in images, storytelling and sounds. We succumb to these pictures, expect them, desire them, need them... The 74-year-old French director makes a forceful, poetic case for how war has become our music.

''As with so many of Godard's films, you are put into a profound dialogue with the director, with life, and ultimately with yourself," Thomson wrote. "Yes, there are many purposes to a movie, most of them having to do with entertainment and escapism. This film, which awakens your inner philosopher and encourages it to breathe, may not be an experience for everyone; if only it were."

The 80-minute film is in French, subtitled in English. Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.

Membership in the International Film Society enables community members to purchase tickets to campus films throughout the year. Members also receive a newsletter with advance information about campus films. An individual IFS membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10. Membership and tickets are available at the Service Center, located in Davies Center's east lobby.

These other films will be presented during the spring semester:

  • "Crash" ( U.S. 2004), Feb. 2-5. A seemingly simple car accident in Los Angeles brings together a diverse group of people. As their lives collide the issue of racism is explored as each works through their own fears and inherent prejudices. Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Jennifer Esposito star.
  • "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" ( U.S. 2004), Feb. 9-12. When a couple (Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet) has a terrible breakup, they can't take the loss and undergo experimental treatment that erases harsh memories from the brain. But do we want our memories, however painful they might be?
  • "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" ( U.K. 1975), Feb. 10. A special midnight Winter Carnival screening of the cult classic about a newly engaged couple (Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick) who pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry).
  • "I Am Cuba" (U.S.S.R.-Cuba, 1964), Feb. 16-19. Feverish dance through the decadence of Batista's Havana and the poverty and oppression of the Cuban people. "An epic hymn to romantic Communism" (Variety), the subtitled film will screen with Russian overdub at 6 p.m., and in Spanish at 8:30 p.m.
  • "Merci Docteur Rey" (France-U.S. 2002), Feb. 23-26. A young man is recruited into an illicit love triangle to watch a much older man's sexual liaison, but ends up witnessing what turns out to be his murder. The result is a maelstrom of off-the-wall encounters and mistaken identities in this farcical mystery with Paris as the backdrop.
  • "Some Like it Hot" ( U.S. 1959), March 2-5. Billy Wilder's whirl through the flamboyant settings of Chicago and Miami Beach in 1929. Marilyn Monroe sings in an all-girl band that is joined by two musicians (Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon) who don make-up and dresses to hide their identity from the mobsters chasing them.
  • "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (U.S.-U.K.-Luxembourg 2003), March 9-12. Fictionalized account of how Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer's most famous painting might have come to be. Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson star.
  • "The Killing Fields" ( U.K. 1984), March 29-April 2. Faithful adaptation of a story by Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Sydney H. Schanberg (Sam Waterston), relating an intensely personal tale of friendship, separation, survival and reunion set during the genocide in Cambodia (1975-79).
  • "Nobody Knows" (Japan 2004), April 6-9. Haunting fact-based tale of four resilient children who must gradually learn to make their own way when they are abandoned by their young mother in a small Tokyo apartment.
  • "Singin' in the Rain" ( U.S. 1952), April 20-23. Considered by many to be the best musical-comedy of all time. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor star in this affectionate look back to the days when movies changed from silents to talkies.
  • "The Sandlot" ( U.S. 1993), April 27-30. Comedy about a summer of friendship and adventure during which one boy becomes part of a team. Nine boys become best friends and their leader becomes a legend by confronting the terrifying mystery beyond the left field fence.
  • "The Battle of Algiers" (Algeria-Italy 1965), May 4-7. Vivid recreation of the Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s, with astonishing relevance today. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers point-blank, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents.
  • "King of Hearts" (France-Italy 1966), May 11-14. A Scotsman (Alan Bates) arrives in a French town during WWI and finds it deserted, except for the inmates of the local insane asylum who embrace him as their king.

Presented by the International Film Society and the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, the films most often screen at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre, a 250-seat theater in Davies Center on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus. All 6 p.m. Sunday film screenings will be shown with closed captioning when available. Subtitles will be on (if available) in place of closed captioning when necessary.

Complete schedule information is available from the Activities and Programs office, (715) 836-4833, or on the Web.

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JS/JB

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