Cinema Group meets once a month on the first Monday. Each meeting we watch a film
and then discuss it. Films are chosen by the group from a "menu" presented
on the night by the group chair, a member of the film-studies faculty at UI.
Films will include a range of genres, periods, and national origins.
Group members may also propose films.
Sample Past Meetings
February Cinema Group
In honor of Black History Month. Film viewed: Eve's Bayou, a family drama
set in Louisiana and told from the perspective of the younger daughter.
March Cinema Group
How Hollywood represents Television. Film viewed: Good Night and Good Luck,
George Clooney's film that tells the story of how Edward R. Murrow confronted
Sen. Joe McCarthy in 1954.
October Cinema Group
Canadian film night. Film viewed: Atom Egoyan's Exotica,
an art film that examines how people deal with various kinds of grief.
November Cinema Group
Asian cinema. Film viewed: Hero, an example of wuxia, which is roughly equivalent to
Japanese samurai films but with more extravagant combat scenes
and with greater roles for women. Hero was recently voted the most beautiful action film ever made.
December Cinema Group
Documentary night. Film viewed: Do I Sound Gay? The film explores
a particular type of male voice that may or may not be indicative of gayness.
The connection between the persona and the voice resonates with any of us who have to speak to others.
April Cinema Group
Voiceover narration: Film viewed: Election. An unusual example of
multivocal voiceovers and one where the narration and the images don't quite match up.
May Cinema Group
Black comedy: Film viewed: The Death of Stalin. Armando Iannucci's
satirical representation of the jockeying for power in the USSR after Stalin's sudden death.
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