Mondays at 7pm
You voted, we listened. These are the six audience-nominated classic films that received the most audience votes! All films will be presented in full Digital Cinema splendor. Tickets are regular admission prices.
Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
- Director: Alfred Hitchcock
- Runtime: 2 hours 8 minutes
- Genre: Drama
“It's this simple: If you don't like "Vertigo," you don't like the movies. But don't take my word for it: as of August 2014, Hitch's mesmeric, fantastical 1958 mystery still sits proudly atop Sight and Sound's Greatest 50 Films of All Time poll, dethroning the long-reigning "Citizen Kane" yet again.”
Lawrence of Arabia
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif
A flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East.
- Director: David Lean
- Rating: PG
- Runtime: 3 hours 36 minutes
- Genre: Drama
“Released in 1962, it was pretty clearly the most intelligent spectacular within living memory. On its 40th anniversary, it's even better.”
– New Times
2001: A Space Odyssey
Starring: Keir Dullea
An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.
- Director: Stanley Kubrick
- Rating: G
- Runtime: 2 hours 40 minutes
- Genre: Sci-Fi
“Only a few films are transcendent, and work upon our minds and imaginations like music or prayer or a vast belittling landscape...Alone among science-fiction movies, 2001 is not concerned with thrilling us, but with inspiring our awe.”
– Roger Ebert
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
Jack Nicholson is private-eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extramarital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown.
- Director: Roman Polanski
- Rating: R
- Runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes
- Genre: Noir
“A wonderfully brooding, suspenseful revisitation of the land of film noir, Chinatown is not only one of the greatest detective films, but one of the most perfectly constructed of all films.”
– TV Guide
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
- Director: Jim Sharman
- Rating: R
- Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
- Genre: Comedy, Musical
“Rocky Horror continues to charm. That's due in part to the honest delight we take in the freedoms this movie so cheerfully flaunts.”
– Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah
Based on the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" by Philip K. Dick, Blade Runner is a haunting look at reality, memory and mortality set against the dystopian future of Los Angeles, 2019.
Rick Deckard is a former Blade Runner called out of retirement to hunt and kill four Replicants who have returned to Earth on a killing spree, determined to meet their maker, Dr. Tyrell. Through his investigation, Decker meets Rachel, Dr. Tyrell's mysterious assistant.
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Rating: R
- Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
- Genre: Sci-Fi
“A truly extraordinary, densely imagined version of both the future and the present, with a look and taste all its own.”
– Chicago Reader
The Classic Series is sponsored by the Fund for Williamstown, of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Conflict and Violence in New French Film
Mondays at 7pm * Free to attend
In/Tolerance: Conflict and Violence in New French Film
All films are in French, with English subtitles
Williams College French faculty members Brian Martin and Sophie Saint-Just will introduce each film.
Titled “In/Tolerance: Conflict and Violence in New French Film,” this year’s festival examines the sometimes tumultuous and even violent conflicts between soldiers and diplomats, lovers and families, brothers and sisters in recent French-speaking film. From Nazi occupiers in Second World War France, to queer outsiders in rural Québec, to interracial lovers in contemporary Paris, these films dramatize the potential risks and grave dangers of war and resistance, family and friendship, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity. Amid recent debates this year in both France and North America on military violence, urban racism, homophobia, and misogyny, these films serve as both cautionary tales and exemplary models for tolerance and intolerance. We hope that this festival on conflict and violence in new French film will encourage discussion and debate on in/tolerance in twenty-first century France and the French-speaking world.
Starring: Niels Arestrup, André Dussollier
As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then ‘only as a field of rubble’. The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine. Nothing should be left as a reminder of the city’s former glory. However, at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tension-filled game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan.
In this riveting adaptation of the stage success by Cyril Gély, the great Volker Schlöndorff (Academy Award winner THE TIN DRUM) has created a psychologically elaborate game of political manners between two highly contrasting characters. While Choltitz entrenches himself behind his duty to obey unquestioningly all military orders, Nordling tries everything he can to appeal to reason and humanity and prevent the senseless destruction of the beloved 'City of Light'.
- Director: Volker Schlöndorff
- Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
- Genre: Drama
“The movie is an intellectual puzzle, the outcome of which is never in doubt. Its minor thrills come not from not knowing what will happen, but from watching the cagey choreography of two acrobatic minds.”
– Washington Post
Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme)
Starring: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy
A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.
- Director: Xavier Dolan
- Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
- Genre: Drama, Thriller
“It’s taut, creepy, compelling and sexy. And, apart from the location, it’s very much a Dolan film, focused on people testing the limits of their love for each other – and themselves.”
– Time Out London
Hold Back (Rengaine)
Starring: Slimane Dazi, Sabrina Hamida, Stéphane Soo Mongo
Dorcy, a black Christian, and Sabrina, an Arab, want to marry -- but their communities frown on interracial marriages.
- Director: Rachid Djaïdani
- Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
- Genre: Drama
“Capturing both the bustling Parisian streets and the charged encounters between different ethnic groups that take place there, Djaidani imbues his setting with a vibrant pulse.”
– Slant Magazine
This festival is made possible with the generous support of the Williams Department of Romance Languages, the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Dively Committee on Human Sexuality and Diversity.