Get a sneak peak at our upcoming film discussion series starting in September! Bob Coscarelli’s Sunday film series will feature four selections centered on the theme of Women in Peril, while Dick Adler will discuss two highly regarded, recently released foreign films.
(If you are interested in any of these discussions, it is advised that you do not hesitate to watch or reserve the films today as it may be difficult to get ahold of them closer to the discussion date.)
Bob Coscarelli Film Series - Women in Peril
September 14, 2014 - The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)
Victoria Kowelska has lived through World War II bombings and relocation camps, finally emigrating to San Francisco Bay under a stolen identity. Posing as another woman, she meets her “son” who has recently received a sizeable inheritance from his late great-aunt. Along with the boy’s caretaker, whom she soon finds herself falling in love with, they move into the mansion on Telegraph Hill. Unfortunately, she is unaware of the dangers that await.
Directed by: Robert Wise
Starring: Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, William Lundigan, Fay Baker
October 12, 2014 - Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are a young married couple who move into an old apartment building in New York City where they meet their friendly, yet nosy, neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet. While Rosemary finds the couple to be a bit strange, Guy becomes intrigued with them. Rosemary's suspicions toward her neighbors only heighten when they discover she is having a baby and become increasingly interested in Rosemary and her pregnancy.
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Angela Dorian
November 2, 2014 - Gaslight (1944)
Paula Anton is a beautiful and trusting 19th century English singer studying in Italy who slowly begins to be tormented by mysterious happenings in her luxurious Victorian home. The suspect is her devoted husband, but viewing the world through the dim glow of the gaslights, it is difficult to tell what is real and what is imagined.
Directed by: George Cukor
Starring: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotton, Dame May Whitty, Angela Lansbury
December 14, 2014 - Wait Until Dark (1967)
Suzy is a young, independent, and resourceful housewife who is learning to cope with her blindness as a result of a recent accident. Life suddenly becomes terrifying for Suzy, however, as a group of criminals descend on her apartment in search of a doll used to smuggle heroin. Unbeknownst to Suzy, the doll was brought into her home by her photographer husband after it was given to him by a woman on an international plane flight. Suzy must now fight for her life against these violent and ruthless criminals.
Directed by: Terence Young
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna
Dick Adler Film Series
September 17, 2014 - You Will Be My Son (2011, French)
Paul de Marseul is the passionate, demanding proprietor of his prestigious family vineyard, but he has no faith in his son, Martin, who works there. Paul dreams of a harder-working, successful son - a dream that one day seemingly materializes when he meets Philippe, the son of his dying estate manager. Will Paul turn against his own blood and make Philippe the rightful heir of his family estate?
Directed by: Gilles Legrand
Starring: Niels Arestrup, Lorànt Deutsch
November 19, 2014 – Omar (2013, Arabic)
Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia, but occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he finds himself in a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with his childhood friends, and it is soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia.
Directed by: Hany Abu-Assad
Starring: Adam Bakri, Samer Bisharat, Waleed Zuaiter, Leem Lubany