Students view classic films on the big screen

Kate Lawler

What do samurais, donkeys, illusions and nightmares have in common? They are all key elements to the collaboration of UMKC’s department of Film and Media Arts and the Tivoli theater’s “Great Directors Series.”

The series promotes experiencing classic films from some of the world’s leading directors in theater. Screenings begin with an introduction discussing the series, film, director and themes presented.

The series kicked off with “Kegemusha” on March 3, a film by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, responsible for such films as “Seven Samurai,” “Yojimbo,” and “High and Low.” Kurosawa won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1950 for “Rashomon,” and continues to entertain audiences around the world despite his death in 1998.

Screenings run through March. They feature five titles chosen to honor creativity and innovation.

The second film in the series, “Belle De Jour,” will run on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. A film by Luis Beñuel, this 1967 classic blurs the line between reality and fantasy.

Federico Fellini’s “8 ½” runs on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. The film follows a director working on a project while it and his life fall apart.

“Au Hasard Balthazar,” from director Robert Benson, shows on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. The 1966 classic follows the life of “Balthazar” the donkey as he is passed from kind to cruel owners.

The last screening, on March 29 at 6:30 p.m., presents “Hour of the Wolf.” The 1966 horror directed by Ingmar Bergman documents an artist haunted by his past.

Tickets are available the day of the show only and are $5 for general public but free to UMKC students with a valid student ID.

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