Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A BERGMAN FILM? ON CAMPUS?!





Wow. I don't know the last I saw a film shown on the MNSU campus that wasn't a lame second run screening of a film I never wanted to see in the first place. I thought the days of exotic and challenging cinema beeing screened on campus was a thing that only our ancestors were able to enjoy. But check this out:

Film evenings to honor Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni
Two of Europe's greatest film directors
2007-08-31

The Department of English and the Scandinavian Studies Program will sponsor two film evenings to honor Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni, two of the greatest European film directors of the 20th Century who died on July 30.

Swedish director Bergman will be honored Tuesday, Sept. 4, with a showing of "The Seventh Seal" (1957). Italian director Antonioni will be honored in the first week of October, featuring the film "Blowup" (1966). Both events are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

"The Seventh Seal" (1957) will be shown at 7 pm in Wissink Hall 285. Donald F. Larsson, professor in the Film Studies program and a Bergman specialist, will say a few words in memory of Bergman. "The Seventh Seal" (Swedish: "Det sjunde inseglet") is an existential film that tells the story of a medieval knight who returns from the crusades, thoroughly shaken in his faith, only to find his homeland ravished by the plague. In his despair, he challenges death himself to a game of chess, his life resting on the outcome. This amazing and suspenseful film has long been regarded one of the masterpieces of 20th century cinema.

More information about the Antonioni event will be available in coming weeks.

If you guys are bored tonight and want to see some great cinema, then go to this screening! If folks turn out for something like this, then maybe more great cinema will be shown on campus. It would be fantastic if the Mankato area had more opportunities to see really great films, wouldn't it? Hopefully, if this receives support from the community, we'll see those opportunities present themselves.

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