University Film Series

$3 donation appreciated, Tuesdays, 7:30pm in the Little Theatre (Ayres 106)

Director: Sarah Pike
Phone: 530-898-6341


* The Humanities Center’s theme for this year is “Play.”

Apr. 05Labyrinth

(USA/UK, 1986) 102 minutes. Directed by Jim Henson. Introduced by Corey Sparks, English and Humanities.

The cult classic Labyrinth, a musical fantasy film, tells the story of Sarah, a teenage girl (Jennifer Connelly) who goes on a quest into a maze in order to rescue her baby brother from Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie).  Henson’s last feature film, most of the characters besides Connelly and Bowie are played by puppets.

Apr. 12The Aviator's Wife

(France, 1981) 104 minutes. Directed by Éric Rohmer. Introduced by Laura Nice, Humanities.

Within minutes, two men – a young suitor and an older pilot – leave separate notes at the door of Anne, a 25-year-old woman.  Set in a single day, the film investigates love, jealousy and missed chances.  The Aviator’s Wife has a “wonderful, quiet wit, and a view of its characters that could be called affectionate anthropology” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times).

Apr. 19The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

(USA, 2007) 79 minutes. Directed by Seth Gordon. Introduced by Sarah Pike, Comparative Religion.

The documentary follows two arch rivals in their quest to be named the champion of Donkey Kong.  The devious Bill Mitchell, the current record holder for the highest score and hot sauce mogul, and recently unemployed science teacher Steve Wiebe train and compete, offering a fascinating glimpse into a gaming subculture.

Apr. 26Lonely Are the Brave

(UK, 1962) 107 minutes. Directed by David Miller. Introduced by Troy Jollimore, Philosophy.

An adaption of Edward Abbey’s novel The Brave Cowboy, Lonely Are the Brave stars Kirk Douglas as Jack Burns, a cowboy in trouble with the law for his unwillingness to play by the rules of modern society.  Also starring Walter Mattheu and Gena Rowlands, the film “poses uneasy questions about the idea, and value, of heroism” (Alex Cox, New York Times).

May. 03Holy Motors

(France/Germany, 2012) 116 minutes. Directed by Leos Carax. Introduced by Sarah Pike, Comparative Religion.

A fantasy-drama starring Denis Lavant as Mr. Oscar, an actor who transforms into disparate roles as he performs around Paris in a film that “seems at once so precise and so freewheeling, so exactingly conceived and yet so spontaneous” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker).

May. 10A Hard Day’s Night

(UK, 1964) 87 minutes. Directed by Richard Lester. Introduced by Rachel Middleman, Art and Art History.

Starring the Beatles, the film merges comedy and music in a collage of a day in the life of Ringo, Paul, John and George.  The film “captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems… [this] is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time” (Criterion).