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Continuing Film Series

Spring 2018


Missouri Southern State University Institute of International Studies and the Harrison and June Kash International Film Society Present the 56th Annual  INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2017-18)

With the establishment of an endowment, it is with great pleasure and pride that we will continue to include these in our regular programming. We were founded in 1962 with occasional funding by the Missouri Arts Council, MSSU Institute of International Studies, and other local sources. Programming in recent years include themed semester selections representing a specific country.

The Institute of International Studies will present significant films of the Korean Film Festival during the fall 2017 semester.

Multi-nation offerings will continue to be screened in the spring of 2018.

Program notes are transmitted electronically and distributed at the door to provide context for each film and to enhance viewing. In cases where no film specialists are available, a panel will guide an initial discussion.

No admission is charged

Spring 2018 Films:

7 p.m. Tuesday, February 6

Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall

Diabolique   (1955; 117 minutes)

Two years before Hitchcock's Psycho, Clouzot's iconic thriller shocked audiences in both the U.S. and Europe. Two women—the wife and the mistress of a boarding school's headmaster—plot horrific revenge. The Criterion Collection called Diabolique "a heart-grabbing benchmark of horror filmmaking" marked by "narrative twists and terrifying images."


7 p.m. Tuesday, February 20

Cornell Auditorim in Plaster Hall

The Wages of Fear   (1953; 147 minutes)

Set in a South American oil town, this thriller focuses on four desperate men who volunteer to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over treacherous mountain roads. Clouzot masterfully entangles the audience in the men's experience and the bumps, jolts, twists, and turns of their "white-knuckle" ride. "One of the greatest thrillers ever committed to celluloid." —Criterion Collection


7 p.m. Tuesday, February 27

Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall

Rififi   (1955; 118 minutes)

Blacklisted director Jules Dassin directs a twisting adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's novel where four ex-cons attempt one final robbery. Francois Truffaut called it the best film noir he'd ever seen, and Roger Ebert said, "[t]he modern heist movie was invented in Paris in 1954 by Jules Dassin, with 'Rififi ....'"


7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6

Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall

Shoot the Piano Player     (1960; 81 minutes)

In his most famous film role, Charles Aznavour plays a mild-mannered pianist who accidentally finds himself caught up in the criminal underworld and an unexpected love affair. One of Truffaut's earlier films, the tragicomic Shoot the Piano Player  exemplifies both the director's leading part in the French nouvelle vague  (new wave) and his love for the American gangster film.