Film Series

Fresh Fest 2015

Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1

Fresh Fest is sponsored by the Williams College Office of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, the Center for Environmental Studies, Storey Publishing, and Wild Oats Market.

Admission is free. Donations to benefit Images Cinema will be accepted.

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Food for Change

Soup provided by Wild Oats Market
Samples provided by Real Pickles

Food For Change is a feature-length documentary film focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. The movie tells the story of the cooperative movement in the U.S. through interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by the filmmaker and social historians. This is the first film to examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. Additionally, the film shows how the co-op movement strengthens communities where they are located, enhancing local economies and food security. The goal is to educate a wide national audience about the principles of cooperation with a focus on food.

  • Director: Steve Alves
  • Runtime: 1 hour 24 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

Fresh Fest is sponsored by the Williams College Office of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, the Center for Environmental Studies, Storey Publishing, and Wild Oats Market

Film Series

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.

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Hold Back (Rengaine)

Starring: Slimane Dazi, Sabrina Hamida, Stéphane Soo Mongo

Paris, today. Dorcy, a young black Christian, wants to marry Sabrina, a young North African. It what would be a simple matter if it weren't for the fact that Sabrina has 40 brothers and that this easygoing wedding has crystallized a taboo still rooted in the mentalities of the two communities: no marriages between Blacks and Arabs. Slimane, the elder brother, and guardian of traditions, will oppose this union in every way possible.

  • 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.

Special Event

Lucy Rollins

3/3/2015–3/31/2015

Lucy Rollins Artist Reception — March 5, 2015 5 PM

Lucy Rollins' fascination with the potential for small units to collect into a larger form is one of her artistic inspirations. Her ink drawings are results of her enjoyment of repetitive, detailed work, and her affinity for organic shapes.

Special Showing

Goodbye to Language 3D

March 7 at 3pm + March 8 at 1:30pm

A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass.
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Goodbye to Language 3D

Starring: Héloïse Godet, Kamel Abdeli

French New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard tackles 3D and so much more in this audacious, provocative missive about communication, technology and the inner lives of dogs.

Godard himself might describe Goodbye to Language, his 39th film and winner of the Cannes Jury Prize, as “simple. A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly," but from the beginning of this anarchic, iconoclastic work, it's obvious that we are in strikingly rarefied territory. Fragmenting the visuals and the soundtrack and using 3D in daring ways that truly add dimension and depth, Godard immediately sets about refining his increasingly experimental, but devilishly humorous, approach to his narrative—such as it is—while simultaneously redefining and critiquing how we absorb information through a barrage of ideas and images flickering on screens of all sizes.(Turns out not even Godard can resist a good iPhone joke.) As the aforementioned man and woman struggle with their relationship and more heady ideas—all at risk of being devalued by Google and other villains of accessibility—perhaps, Godard suggests, their dog Roxy (played by Godard's own pet) has the answer: simply living in the moment.

  • Director: Jean-Luc Godard
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 70 minutes
  • Genre: Experimental Drama

“It is baffling and beautiful, a flurry of musical and literary snippets arrayed in counterpoint to a series of brilliantly colored and hauntingly evocative pictures.”

– A.O. Scott, New York Times

Film Series

Classic Series

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.

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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

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Chinatown

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

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky."

  • 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

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Blade Runner

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.

Special Showing

The Muppet Movie

Saturday, March 14 at 2pm

The original Muppet movie classic, featuring all of your favorite Muppets!
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The Muppet Movie

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, Caroll Spinney, Charles Durning

After Kermit the Frog decides to pursue a movie career, he starts his cross-country trip from Florida to California. Along the way, he meets and befriends Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and rock musicians Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. When Kermit is offered a job by Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) to advertise the fried frog legs at his restaurant chain, Kermit turns Hopper down. However, Hopper refuses to relent and pursues Kermit and his companions to a final showdown.

  • Director: James Frawley
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Genre: Family, Adventure

“Demonstrates once again that there's always room in movies for unbridled amiability when it's governed by intelligence and wit.”

– Vincent Canby, New York Times

The Muppet Movie is sponsored by the Williamstown Community Chest as part of their Blitz Week!

Special Event

After Images: Mr. Turner

March 14, 2015

On Saturday, March 14, following the 7:15pm show of Mr. Turner, Michael Cassin, Director of the Center for Education in the Visual Arts at the Clark, will take the stage to discuss the life and work of the great, if eccentric J.M.W. Turner.

The latest film from acclaimed British director Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner screens at Images from Friday, March 13 through Thursday, March 19.

Special Showing

Regarding Susan Sontag

Monday, March 16 at 7pm

Using images, archived materials and accounts from friends, family and colleagues, filmmaker Nancy D. Kates traces the life of the cultural critic and writer.

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Regarding Susan Sontag

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar; from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today. More than any other thinker of her day, Sontag was watched, viewed, photographed and stared at. She was gazed at, and she looked back, very carefully, particularly at language and metaphor and at photography and what she called “the ecology of images.” REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG gives viewers the chance to watch Sontag while she examines the world.

  • Director: Nancy Kates
  • Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“A fact-based profile, but with boldly evocative impressionist strokes that mirror the complexity of Sontag’s life and career.”

– San Francisco Chronicle

This film is shown as part of the Davis Center Social Justice Film Series and is sponsored by the Davis Center of Williams College.

Special Showing

The Last Unicorn

Saturday, May 9 at 11am

Digitally restored version with an in-person introduction by author/screenwriter Peter S. Beagle

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The Last Unicorn

Starring: Mia Farrow, Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury, Alan Arkin, Robert Klein, Keenan Wynn, René Auberjonois

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In a mystical land of witches and wizards, the demonic Red Bull has imprisoned all the unicorns—well, all except one. Determined to save her captive brothers and sisters, the last unicorn leaves the safety of her enchanted forest and, accompanied by a well-meaning but novice magician, embarks on an adventure that has enthralled audiences for over 30 years.

As the voice of the last unicorn, Mia Farrow leads an amazing cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Angela Lansbury, Alan Arkin and Robert Klein. Directed by animation legends Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, the film is gorgeously animated by Topcraft, a Japanese anime company that would eventually transform into Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli.

Digitally restored and back on the big screen where it was meant to be seen, The Last Unicorn will be introduced in-person by legendary Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle, who based his screenplay on his own 1968 novel. Beagle, who began writing the fantasy classic here in the Berkshires, will answer questions, meet fans and sign books and posters. “When I began work on this story, just over 50 years ago, I never imaged it would go on to reach so many people or affect them so deeply. I love getting to share my characters in person with others who care about them as much as I do.”

  • Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes
  • Genre: Animation

The Last Unicorn is an unusual children's film in many respects, the chief one being that it is unusually good. This animated fable also features a cast that would do any live-action film proud, a visual style noticeably different from that of other children's fare, and a story filled with genuine sweetness and mystery.”

– Janet Maslin, The New York Times