Film Society Announces Spring Schedule

January 15, 2013

Harrison Kash
(417) 673-1261

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Film showings of the 51st Annual International Film Festival will continue this spring semester on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in Cornell Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University. 

No admission is charged.  Details are available by calling (417) 673-1261.

The schedule includes the following films:
February 26
Lemonade Joe  (Limonadovy Joe)  (Czechoslovakia, 1964)
The director and comedy specialist Oldrich Lipsky, from Prague's Satirical Theater, achieved great success with this very funny musical parody of early Hollywood westerns.  Hard-drinking varmints hanging out at the Trigger Whisky Saloon threaten the town's beautiful temperance crusader.  Riding to her rescue is Lemonade Joe who drinks Kolaloca lemonade instead of "fire water."  As a hero, he believes that "Evil cannot stand against a clean-living man."  Labeled  "...the most offbeat western since Terror of Tiny Town."  ( Los Angeles Times). 

March 12
Three Brothers (Tre Fratelli)  (Italy, 1981)
Francesco Rosi directed this moving portrait of three very different brothers who have been separated for years by work and life.  When they return to the village of their youth following the death of their mother they share memories and must finally reconcile their conflicts.  Labeled  "Full of startling clarity and beauty, of extraordinary sweetness, of the discovery of unexpected reserves of emotion."  ( New York Times).  " A film of quiet reflections and strengthening resolve... Rosi's deep-focus camera work spins a vivid, lyrical drama of regret and rebirth, abstract ethics and pinpoint sensuality."  (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader).  Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

March 26
The Youth of Chopin (Mlodosc Chopina)  (Poland, 1952)
Aleksander Ford, master poet of the screen, directed this biographical film of Frederic Chopin which chronicles  the great composer's early study of music in 1825 through his first major accomplishments in 1831.  At a time of social unrest throughout Europe, Ford depicts Chopin as not only an outstanding talent in music but also a young man inflamed with the revolutionary spirit of his native Poland.  While on tour in Vienna, he gets word of the November Uprising in Warsaw and tries to return home only to fall ill. Chopin's music is played by leading Polish pianists Halina Stefanska and Wladyslaw Kedra.  Nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice.

April 9
Yesterday Girl  (Abschied von gestern)   (Germany, 1966)
Alexander Kluge, one of the founders of the "Young German Cinema" movement, wrote and directed this film about an unruly heroine who gets into conflict with West German society after her escape from East Germany.  Trying to break away from the hostility and misunderstanding of her parent's generation, she discovers that conservatism and scarred memories thrive on both sides of the wall.  "...Yesterday Girl summed up the aspirations of a generation...."  (Olaf Moller, Sight and Sound).  A nominee for the Golden Lion and winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 1966 Venice Festival.