Spring Series 2007

Shepherdtown Film Society's 2007 film series provides a critical look at contemporary American cinema by pairing Hollywood films from the last decade with older classics or their European counterpart.

The series comprises three groups of films. The first - Theme and Variation - invites viewers to consider the evolution of film genres from the classical to the parodic. For example, the classic 1950s science fiction film "The Day the Earth Stood Still" is paired with "Mars Attacks", a sci-fi parody from 1996. The second group of films - Dream and Reality - comprises two films whose plot and cinematography blur the line between these two states. The final group of films - Adaptations - invites the viewer to consider the process of adapting a literary text to the silver screen. The Coen brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", for instance, is based on Homer's Odyssey. And the last three films in this group are all based on Dangerous Liaisons, an eighteenth-century epistolary novel by Choderlos de Laclos.

THEME AND VARIATION (original film and comic parody)

Science Fiction

  January 23 "The Day The Earth Stood Still" (1951) by Robert Wise
  January 30 "Mars Attacks" (1996) by Tim Burton

Film Noir/Organized Crime

  February 6 "Point Blank" (1967) by John Boorman
  February 13 "Grosse Pointe Blank" (1997) by George Armitage

DREAM AND REALITY (films that blur the line between these two states)

  February 27 "Donnie Darko" (2001) by Richard Kelly
  March 6 "Being John Malkovich" (1999) by Spike Jonze

ADAPTATIONS (films based on literary pretexts)

  March 13 "Adaptation" (2002) by Spike Jonze
  March 27 "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000) by Joel Coen

Three films based on the French text Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos:

  April 17 "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) by Stephen Frears
  April 24 "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (1959) by Roger Vadim
  May 1 "Cruel Intentions" (1999) by Roger Kumble