Film Appreciation Society Gets Rolling

by Will Jevne, Grade 12

The Film Appreciation Society was formed more or less on a whim. Oliver Brooks, Zac Benloulou and I had been talking for some time about the idea of screening art films at the school, but hadn’t really gotten around to acting upon the idea until, one day, while sitting in the quad at lunch, Oliver, Giuliana Bianco (who was also keen on the idea) and I decided to go talk to Mr. Young about actually starting the group. All four of us are film and turtleneck aficionados, and we wanted to share our appreciation of finely crafted turtlenecks with the rest of the school while also introducing the student body to challenging films that surpass both the expectations, and depth of conventional Hollywood movies.

Mr. Young was tremendously enthusiastic and helpful in making the Film Appreciation Society a reality, and we had our first screening — Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant comedy Dr. Strangelove — on Monday the 5th of October. The evening was a success, even though there was problem with the sound system which forced us to move, half an hour into the movie, from the intimate Daily Grind into the lecture theater. This week, we’ve ironed out all the problems and our screening of Blade Runner should be even more successful. Anyone is welcome to come — it’s a fun way to spend the evening, and the cookies we provide are amazing.

We plan to show around 20 films over the course of the year. Screenings will typically be on Thursday nights, in the lecture theater (although our goal is to eventually get a projector installed in Wenman). Turtlenecks and blazers are not mandatory, although you will probably be applauded for wearing either. The full list of films that we’ll be showing is printed below. (They’re in chronological order; we won’t be showing them in that way).

Marcel Carné: Les Enfants du Paradis (1945)
Howard Hawks: The Big Sleep (1946)
Elia Kazan: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Akira Kurosawa: Seven Samurai (1954)
Alfred Hitchcock: Vertigo (1958)
Jean-Luc Godard: Breathless (1960)
Federico Fellini: 8 ½ (1963)
Stanley Kubrick: Dr. Strangelove, or:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Roman Polanski: Repulsion (1965)
Michelangelo Antonioni: Blowup (1966)
George Lucas: THX 1138 (1971)
Woody Allen: Annie Hall (1977)
Martin Scorsese: Raging Bull (1980)
Ridley Scott: Blade Runner (1982)
Coen Brothers: Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Ingmar Bergman: Best Intentions (1992)
Danny Boyle: Trainspotting (1996)
Wu Tianming: The King of Masks (1996)
Fernando Mierelles: City of God (2002)
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck: The Lives of Others (2006)

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  1. I think the list of movies is terrific although I would have had some German films from the earlier times like “Acropolis” or “All quiet on the western front”. I also feel “Breaking the waves” would be incredible for a new film. Sounds like fun and I wish I could be there.

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