The films shown for the 2006 Spring Series focused on three separate themes.
Links to some background information are presented below.
The Last Western
By the early 1960's, the western movie - long a staple of the film industry - was
pretty much worn out. The stars and stories were old and the emerging
counterculture lacked interest in the themes of conflict and violence. The films
presented in this series seek to make a statement about the genre's passage from
our culture. Click here for additional background.
Film Noir and Beyond
This series presents two film noir classics in B&W followed by two later color
films that attempt to capture some of the noir spirit in time, setting and mood
while expanding the filmmaker’s canvas with greater use of location shooting and
by incorporating a more modern sensibility. All four films are set in Los Angeles
in the 1930s and 1940s. All have big name leading men and all but one have big name
leading women. Come and see if you like classic noir or the later noir or both.
Click here for a summary of the film noir style.
Food and Culture
It has been said that some people eat to live, whereas others live to eat. Where
do various nationalities fall on this continuum? This is one of the questions we
will address in our film series on food and culture, which will take us from the
fiery Latino culture of Mexico to the colder, more rational cultures of