MSSU Film Festival

About US

All films presented at 7 p.m., Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. (See Map)

No admission is charged.

For half a century our organization, now known as Missouri Southern Film Society, has programmed significant classic and world cinema.

Program notes are distributed before each screening and participation in informal discussions is encouraged. These promote greater perception and help stimulate a critical appreciation of the films.

Our first program, the British comedy The Belles of St. Trinian's, was shown Oct. 15, 1962 and we continue to explore creative traditional and new wave movements. For the last nine years films representing a specific country have been shown as an activity of our themed-semesters. Each fall the MSSU Institute of International Studies presents films that focus on the country featured during the themed semester. The Society's continuing offerings of films from other countries, recently restored and transferred to DVD format, are shown in the spring.

For more information call (417) 673-1261 or send an email.


38th Annual International Film Festival



September 14
Scarlet Street (U.S.A., 1945)

Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea. This is Fritz Lang's best contribution to film noir and one of his most significant American films. It concerns a henpecked husband who commits a murder after becoming involved with some characters in Greenwich Village.

September 28
My Uncle Antoine (Mon Oncle Antoine) (Canada, 1971) in color

Claude Jutra's bittersweet masterpiece about the coming of age of a teenage boy who lives with his uncle, is one of the most honored films. A nostalgic study of life, death, fear and desire, it won eight Canadian "Oscars".

October 12
Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) (Sweden, 1957) Victor Sjostrom.

This is Ingmar Bergman's widely acclaimed account of an aged doctor's journey through a compelling landscape of dream and memory. Richly visual and dramatic, it won the Grand Prize at Berlin and Critics Prize at Venice.

Glass (Netherlands, 1958) Short subject in color

Bert Haanstra created this witty, absorbing, sensitive vision of the glass-maker's art, edited to perfection.

October 26
The Cousins (Les Cousins) (France, 1959)

Considered one of the ground-breaking New Wave films, this is Claude Chabrol's elegant variation on the city mouse/country mouse theme. A student plays host to, and destroys, his shy cousin. Grand Prix winner, Venice.

November 9
Osaka Elegy (Naniwa ereji) (Japan, 1936)

This is a Kenji Mizoguchi film centered on the theme of social injustices suffered by women. Handled with tact and subtlety, this story of a telephone operator's betrayal is labeled by critic Georges Sadoul as "incomparable".

The Seashell and the Clergyman (La Coquille et Le Clergyman) (France, 1928) silent featurette

Germaine Dulac made her famous Freudian escapade surreal, amusing and typical of the 1920s avant-garde.

February 22
Father Sergius (Otets Sergii) (Russia, 1917) silent

This is one of the few surviving private studio productions from before the October Revolution in Russia. Directed by Yakov Protazanov, it features a performance by the great Ivan Mozhukhin in the title role.

Night Mail (Great Britain, 1936) short subject

This is Basil Wright and Harry Watt's celebrated documentary on British postal communications equipped with a lyrical rhythm by W.H. Auden's commentary and the music of the famous composer Benjamin Britten.

March 7
Alsino and the Condor (Alsino y el Condor) (Nicaragua, 1983) in color

One of the finest films directed by the Chilean exile Miguel Littin. During the Sandanista revolution, a young boys dream of flight from the devastation is realized through the kindness of one of the enemy.

March 21
Ashes and Diamonds (Papoia diament) (Poland, 1958)

In this final film of Andrzej Wajda's war trilogy, a young resistance fighter assassinates the wrong man on the last day of World War II. A visually striking masterwork which helped to initiate a Polish film renaissance, it won the International Critics Award at the Venice Festival and Grand Prize at the Vancouver Festival.

April 4
Kind Hearts and Coronets (Great Britain, 1949)

Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Dennis Price. A humorous satire on the British aristocracy, this is one of the most sophisticated black comedies ever filmed. Alec Guinness' deft handling of eight roles earned him worldwide acclaim and is the high point of his career.

April 18
The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova) (Armenia, 1969) in color

Based on the life and vision of the poet Sayat Nova, this symbolically rich film was shelved for two years and censored into the shortened version to be shown here. The director Sergei Paradzhanov, a maverick who championed ethnic and national traditions, was persecuted by Soviet authorities for several years.