University Film Series

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

Director: Sarah Pike
Phone: 530-898-6341


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

Nov. 01Nothing But a Man

(USA, 1964) 95 minutes. Directed by Michael Roemer.  Introduced by Sarah Pike, Comparative Religion.

“In Michael Roemer's superb and little-seen 1964 drama Nothing But a Man. . . . Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln play a young couple striving to make a life for themselves in small-town Alabama.” (Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice)

Nov. 08Edward Scissorhands

(USA, 1990) 105 minutes. Directed by Tim Burton. Introduced by Laura Nice, Humanities.

Edward Scissorhands isn't perfect. It's something better: pure magic.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

Nov. 15Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

(Japan, 1990) 119 minutes. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Introduced by Nathan Heggins Bryant, English

“The movie is about many things, including the terrors of childhood, parents who are as Olympian as gods, the seductive nature of death, nuclear annihilation, environmental pollution and, in a segment titled simply ‘Crows,’ art.”  (Vincent Canby, New York Times)

Nov. 29Journey to the West

(France/Taiwan, 2014) 56 minutes. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. Introduced by Heather Altfeld, English and Honors Program

“The act of useless beauty (the monk descending a staircase) . . .  raises metaphorical questions of how such a way of life is sustained. Tsai’s radical vision, challenging basic ideas of cultural politics and economic choices, turns the world as we know it upside down.” (Richard Brody, New Yorker)

Dec. 06Illusions in Stone: The Global Story of the Emerald Trade

(USA, 2016) 53 minutes. Directed and introduced by Brian Brazeal, Anthropology.

“Gemstones have a mystique all their own.  This is not a story of blood and death, but of hope and faith.  It shows how members of religious traditions, often held to be locked in perpetual conflict, can come together.  They are united, not only by their search for material wealth but by their fascination with the mesmerizing beauty of the emerald.”  (Brian Brazeal)