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Monday, December 19, 2011

Film Club

Hey folks, thought I'd get a jump on January's film club selection since I was so late posting December's.  For the month of January we will be meeting Thursday the 19th at 6:15 pm and we will be viewing:

Aguirre, The Wrath of God
Directed By:  Werner Herzog

The story follows the travels of Spanish soldier Lope De Aguirre, who leads a group of conquistadores down the Amazon River in South America in search of the legendary city of gold, El Dorado.  Using a minimalist story and dialogue, the film creates a vision of madness and folly, counterpointed by the lush but unforgiving Amazonian jungle.  Although based loosely on what is known of the historical figure of Aguirre, the film's story line is, as Herzog acknowledged years after the film's release, a work of imagination.  Some of the people and situations may have been inspired by Gaspar De Carvajal's account of an earlier Amazonian expedition, although Carvajal was not on the historical voyage represented in the film.  Other accounts state that the expedition went into the jungles but never returned to civilization. (From Wikipedia)

This film is a wonderfully visual masterwork from one of cinema's most impressive directors.  You will not want to miss the harrowing descent into delusion and megalomania.  Hope to see you there!

Here's the trailer:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Film Club

Hey everyone, for the month of December I decided to go with a movie that would be relevant to the season so we will be watching:

A Christmas Story
Directed By: Bob Clark

I was going to put a plot synopsis here but I figure just about everyone knows it already.  If you don't, all you need to know is that the only thing Ralphie (Peter Billingsly) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun but it turns out getting it isn't as easy as he hopes.  Based on the semi-fictional writings of Jean Shepherd (who also narrates) A Christmas Story is a Christmas classic for everyone.

Here's the trailer: