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February 18, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
A Tuesday Night Classic. Ousmane Sembène, one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived and the most internationally renowned African director of the twentieth century, made his feature debut in 1966 with the brilliant and stirring BLACK GIRL (La noire de . . .). Sembène, who was also an acclaimed novelist in his native Senegal, transforms a deceptively simple plot—about a young Senegalese woman who moves to France to work for a wealthy white couple and finds that life in their small apartment becomes a figurative and literal prison—into a complex, layered critique on the lingering colonialist mindset of a supposedly postcolonial world. Featuring a moving central performance by Mbissine Thérèse Diop, BLACK GIRL is a harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement—and one of the essential films of the 1960s. NR / 59 min. In Wolof & French w/ subtitles.
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February 18, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
Academy Award winners Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman light up the screen in one of the most enduring romances in movie history.
Rick Blaine (Bogart--THE AFRICAN QUEEN, THE CAINE MUTINY) owns a nightclub in Vichy-controlled Casablanca, frequented by refugees desperate to escape German domination. Despite the ever-present human misery, Rick manages to remain uninvolved in World War II now raging across Europe and Northern Africa. But all that changes when Ilsa Lund (Bergman--GASLIGHT, NOTORIOUS) walks through the front door of Rick's club--Rick must now choose between a life with the woman he loves and becoming the hero that both she and the world need. NR /102 min.
Winner of 1944 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, with an additional five nominations.