We are the professors, students, filmmakers, screenwriters, and cinéphiles at MSU who gather weekly in the course FLM 200 to watch and discuss good films. In the spirit of the Cinémathèque française and the generation of film critics and French New Wave directors it inspired, our collective abides by the principle that good film writing and good filmmaking (and just plain good living) begin with serious film watching.
Presented by Ellen McCallum
Pour yourself a cup of ambition and revel in the madcap workplace comedy 9 to 5. This 1980 film crested the second wave of feminism, as the decade 1970-1980 saw the the largest ever increase in women’s participation in the workforce, according to the US Census bureau. Ever attuned to the latest trends, Hollywood saw opportunity in the entertaining side of the very real obstacles women faced during this time. Gain new and creative insights into how to get ahead in the corporate world! Starring the incomparable combination of Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Detroit native Lily Tomlin.
Presented by Alexandra Hidalgo
Director Agnès Varda and photographer and muralist JR journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.
Presented by Sitara Thobani
Expanding upon themes of separation, loss, migration and gender, Dor (2006) draws attention to those aspects of contemporary migrant labour that are often overlooked. Based on true events, the film is about two women brought together after their husbands leave to work in Saudi Arabia. As their relationship unfolds, each must come to terms with the changes their new situation brings. Critically acclaimed, Dor was directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and features the award-winning cast of Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag and Shreyas Talpade.
Presented by Lyn Goeringer
In The Solitary Life of Cranes, crane operators high above a city observe the comings and goings of people. Patrick Keiller's London follows offscreen ex-lovers around London as they view the city in terms of 1992.
Presented by Mikki Kressbach
By day, Mike (Channing Tatum) makes ends meet any way he can — handyman jobs, detailing cars or designing furniture. But nighttime is when Mike really gets to display his many talents: He's the hot headliner in an all-male revue. Mike sees potential in a 19-year-old he dubs the Kid (Alex Pettyfer), takes the teen under his wing and instructs him in the tricks of the trade. However, Mike learns there's a downside to the stripper lifestyle when it threatens his romance with the Kid's sister.
Presented by Justus Nieland
In Wilder’s biting send-up of the culture of the midcentury office, C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is an insurance clerk who loans out his apartment for his bosses’ extramarital trysts. When Baxter falls for the building’s elevator operator Fran Kubelik(Shirley MacClaine), he is forced to rethink his dreams of corporate advancement and their effect on his privacy. A brilliantly acted and moving romantic comedy about work-life imbalance and the quest for real intimacy.
Presented by Ken Harrow
Baran is the story of Afghan refugees told through the eyes of an Iranian teenage boy named Lateef. His devotion to a person he barely knows leads him to the choice that will change his life forever. Academy Award nominated director Majid Majidi ("Children of Heaven"; "Color of Paradise") delivers a heartbreaking story of unrequited love.
Presented by Joshua Yumibe
Becker (Eric Roberts) is an American marketing expert working for the Coca-Cola Company. He is extremely dedicated to his work and travels the world pushing the product on as many places as he can. When he realizes that there is a part of Australia where absolutely nobody buys Coke, he vows to change that. But then he meets not only McDowell (Bill Kerr), a local entrepreneur who manufactures his own soda, but McDowell's beautiful daughter, Terri (Greta Scacchi), and everything changes.
Presented by Michael Kunichika
As one of the earliest ethnographic films, it documents the life of the Svan people in the isolated mountain village of Ushguli in Svanetia.
Presented by Lily Woodruff
The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those alienated by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle.
Presented by Yelena Kalinsky
Living together in a workers' dorm, Katerina (Vera Alentova) and her friends are determined to make it in Moscow. But when a boorish cameraman (Juri Wassiliev) forces himself on her, Katerina finds herself pregnant and alone as her friends move on. Twenty years later, she's fought to become a factory director, outpacing her old roommates career-wise, but still alone but for her daughter. When she meets a genial mechanic (Aleksey Batalov), love seems possible again.
Presented by Bill Vincent
Violin player Camille (Emmanuelle Béart) begins an affair with Maxime (André Dussollier), who is prepared to leave his wife. But then Camille goes to Maxime's violin repair shop and meets his employee, Stephane (Daniel Auteuil), and she instantly falls in love. While Camille freely expresses her emotions for Stephane, he acts increasingly introverted, shunning her affections even though he cares for her, too. Camille soon becomes obsessed in her determination to win Stephane over.
Presented by Dan Smith
New York City, December 1958. Newly arrived from Indiana, Norville Barnes walks into the Hudsucker Building just as the company president leaps to his death from a window high above. When a ruthless executive seeks a new proxy president who is sure to fail, naive Norville is moved from the mailroom to the boardroom. This screwball comedy from the Coen Brothers reinterprets visual and aural styles of earlier directors such as Howard Hawks and Frank Capra while reflecting on the mythology of the office building and the city as work places.