Film Society brings you the
JIM FLANAGAN - COLUMNIST
Things are starting to get chilly here in Maine. Soon the
snow will be falling, and who doesn't enjoy a nice walk on a snowy evening?
So to commemorate this wonderful time that is approaching, the Film Society
is bringing you a program of films celebrating nature and all it's glory.
Part of the weekend (Saturday night to be exact) features the arrival
of the touring portion of the Mountainfilm Festival, a 23 year old film
festival based out of Telluride, CO.
This is a truly special treat that will bring some great films
to Bowdoin. But first, on Friday night, we'll be presenting a couple of
movies showing what may happen next time you venture out into the wilderness
to go camping. As always, the events are free and open to the public;
but this time, there is a little catch.
You will need a ticket to see Mountainfilm. They are available
at the Smith Union info desk. The tickets are free with a Bowdoin ID,
but will cost the public $5. All the films will be shown in Smith Auditorium
in Sills Hall.
- Friday at 7pm
Great Outdoors - Friday at 9pm
Mountainfilm Festival - Saturday at 7pm
Friday at 7pm
Directed by: John Boorman
Starring: John Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox,
Beatty, James Dickey
This film shows you what you do not want to happen when you
are alone in the woods. Four businessmen decide to take a weekend canoeing
trip in a remote backwoods part of our country. Along the way, there are
a number of accidents, plus a run-in with a group of inbred rednecks.
These folks are scary!
They make Cleatus the Slack-jawed Yokel look like a member
of High Society. The scenes with these people are the best, and the most
famous. You have the classic "Squeal like a pig" scene, which is very
disturbing. But the film's highlight comes right before the canoes are
put into the water.
While in the hillbilly village, our characters come across
a boy with a banjo. One of the heroes happens to have his guitar with
him, and he and the boy begin to play. That's right, Dueling Banjos.
What a great song. You all probably can hum it, but once you've seen the
song in the context of the film, it will never feel the same when you
hear it. Rated R
Friday at 9pm
The Great Outdoors (1988)
Directed by: Howard Deutch
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening
Candy and his family head out to a lakeside camping area to
get away from the city life. He is optimistic about the trip, but his
family is not. Their fears are justified when the in-laws (Aykroyd and
his family) show up to ruin things. John Hughes, the king of 80's comedies,
wrote the film, so there are lots of silly gags and situations, but no
overall deep message. Still, it's a fun film that you'll enjoy. Rated
Saturday at 7pm
The Mountainfilm Festival
This event will feature three hours of shorts and features
from around the world that celebrate nature. The films will approach nature
from many different angles, some of which are education, conservation,
entertainment and adventure. The event is co-sponsored by the Film Society,
the Outing Club and the Bowdoin Greens (thanks guys!). Since this is such
a big event and seating is limited, you will need a ticket to get in.
But don't worry, you can get them for free from the friendly
people at the Smith Union info desk. The tour director, Rick Silverman,
will present the event. He has a wide range of films to show, but here
are some descriptions (supplied by the tour's main office) of the films
that will most likely be presented.
ODE TO AVALANCHE - Few forces in nature are as frightening,
or as dazzling, as an avalanche. Marvels of physics, they have the capacity
to sweep climbers or skiers to their death, destroy entire villages and
fill the senses with awe.
GATHERERS FROM THE SKY - The Minang live on the shores
of Sumatra's Lake Maninjao inside a crater formed by three volcanoes and
surrounded by three million coconut trees. But the Minang no longer climb
these trees, instead relying upon monkeys for the harvest. Bourhan is
now an old man, however, and no longer can train monkeys... yet a strained
marriage and his wife's inheritance begin to unravel his plans for a calmer
TURTLE WORLD - A lushly animated allegory about a turtle
passing through space, and providing a richly forested home to the monkeys
that come to dwell upon its shell. In their industriousness, however,
they begin to exploit the resources of their paradisiacal state. The consequence
is their falling from grace.
LEGACY: KILLING A RAIN FOREST - Simply contrasting
the clear reality of on-site photography with the continuing public relations
blitz of the timber industry, this film documents the barbaric annihilation
of British Columbia's last great coastal forests. The frightening legacy
the film describes is almost as chilling for its illustration of the effectiveness
of the modern "big lie" as it is for its undeniable proof that we are
losing so much of the world's natural resources.
SULPHUR PASSAGE - A visual and oral tour-de-force,
this film captures the energies of the people of British Columbia to resist
the further decimation of the Clayoquot sound. Based on a reference to
a famed rallying cry of the Spanish Civil War, this film is the collaborative
product of dozens of filmmakers, musicians, and activists ...an eloquent
effort to save this great temperate rain forest...and a harkening back
to an earlier era when the lyrics of folksingers and balladeers drove
our own revolutions.
THE FATAL GAME - Australian Mike Rheinberger, 52, had
tried six times to reach the summit of Everest and failed. It remained
his ultimate dream. The seventh time he would not give up. With New Zealand
guide and cameraman Mark Whetu to record the great moment of his life,
he summited. Perhaps he should have been more concerned that it was so
late in the day and their hopes of descending to camp six were disappearing
in the sunset. But, dreams and games have a mesmerizing quality, and both
men became captured in the same strange dance.
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES - Based upon a Jean Giono
novella, and lovingly illustrated by Academy Award-winning animator Frederic
Bach, this story of a man1s life of quiet fulfillment in an obscure region
of France. This Academy Award-winning film remains the favorite Festival
film...beautiful and powerful and inspiring.