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Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “Notorious” starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains is one of the films in this semester’s edition of the Buffalo Film Seminars.


Posted January 12, 2022

The classic films “The Maltese Falcon” and “Notorious” are among this spring’s offerings for the 44th annual Buffalo Film Seminars.

The popular series, hosted by UB faculty members Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, will continue remotely this spring, with online screenings and discussion of the films.

The weekly discussions will take place via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays from February 1 to May 10.

An email notification regarding each film will be sent on the Saturday preceding the Zoom discussion date to students enrolled in the Christian and Jackson Directors course (ENG 381), as well as to the English Department discussion list. and Buffalo Film. Seminar mailing list (email Jackson or Christian to access the BFS mailing list). This review will include a URL for the pair’s Vimeo introduction to the film and a PDF of this week’s Goldenrod document. The notice will also include an invitation to the Zoom discussion.

All but two of the films in the series (“Notorious” and “The Power of the Dog”) are available on Criterion or Netflix – C after the title in the list below indicates that it is available on Criterion, P: Amazon Prime, P $: Amazon Prime with an additional charge of $ 4. “The Power of the Dog” is available, for the moment, only on Netflix; “Notorious” is only available on FlixFilm (low resolution versions are on YouTube). All four subscription services allow cancellation at any time, so all 14 movies should be available for under $ 100.

Nine of the films – all with “UB” after the title – are available for free to anyone with a UB email account through UB Libraries’ Swank and Kanopy portals. The five films not available through the UB libraries are “The Raven”, “The Gunfighter”, “Naked”, “Salesman” and “The Power of the Dog”. Swank titles will be available through UB libraries for one year; Kanopy titles for three years.

While film availability is expected to remain throughout the semester, if a service’s license to broadcast a film expires, attendees will be notified of replacement programming.

The Spring 2022 schedule, with descriptions taken from the IMDb online movie database and other sources:

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February 1st : “The ghost cart”, 1921, directed by Victor Sjöström, C UB-Kanopy. On New Year’s Eve, the driver of a ghostly car forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish and wasted life.

February 8: “It happened one night», 1934, directed by Frank Capra, CP $ UB-Swank. A renegade reporter on the hunt for a young heiress on the run for a big story joins her on a bus going from Florida to New York, and they find themselves stranded with each other when the bus leaves them behind at the one of the stops.

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February 15: “The Maltese Falcon, 1941, directed by John Huston, P $ UB-Swank. San Francisco private investigator Sam Spade takes on an affair that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette, with the stakes rising after his partner’s murder.

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February 22: “The crow», 1943 directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, C. A French village doctor becomes the target of poisoned letters sent to village chiefs, accusing him of liaison and practicing abortion.

1st of March: “Famous, 1946, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, FlixFilm YouTube UB-Swank. US agents ask the daughter of a convicted Nazi spy to gather information on a network of Nazi scientists in South America.

8 March : “The shooter, “1950, directed by Henry King, P $. Famous shooter Jimmy Ringo goes to town to find his true love, who doesn’t want to see him. He didn’t come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

March 15: “Touching evil,”1958, directed by Orson Welles, P $ UB-Swank. A harsh and evil story of murder, kidnapping and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

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March 29: “An autumn afternoon”, 1962, directed by Yasujirô Ozu, CP $ UB-Kanopy. An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.

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April 5: “Amarcord, 1973, directed by Federico Fellini, CP $ UB-Kanopy. A series of comical and nostalgic vignettes set in an Italian coastal town from the 1930s.

April 12: “Naked”, 1993, directed by Mike Leigh, C. An unemployed Mancunian expresses his rage against unsuspecting strangers as he embarks on a nighttime odyssey in London.

April 19: “Anti-rabbit fence, 2002, directed by Phillip Noyce, P $ UB-Kanopy. In 1931, three half-white, half-native girls escaped after being torn from their homes to be trained as domestic workers, and set out on a journey through the Outback.

April 26: “Seller‘, 2016, directed by Asghar Farhadi, P. While the two participate in a production of’ Death of a Salesman ‘, a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home, leaving the teacher determined to find the aggressor despite his wife’s traumatized objections. .

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May 3: “The power of the dog, 2021, directed by Jane Campion, Netflix. Charismatic breeder Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

May 10: “Hugo», 2011, directed by Martin Scorsese, P $ UB-Kanopy. In 1931 in Paris, an orphan living within the walls of a train station found himself plunged into a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

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