he Monday Night Film Series has seen a tremendous growth in popularity since Parilla Performing Arts Center first introduced it in the 2011 – 2012 season. Over the ensuing years, we have screened over 70 of the best arthouse films ever made, by some of the most famous directors from around the globe. We are pleased to present these masterpieces, free and open to the public, for both film buffs and newcomers to the genre alike!
JEAN DE FLORETTE
Claude Berri, France/Italy, 1987, 120 mins, Color, French (English Subtitles)
June 3, 2019, 7 p.m.
In this acclaimed French drama, the enterprising Ugolin Soubeyran (Daniel Auteuil) returns to his native countryside after the serving in the military. Intent on growing expensive flowers, he conspires with his uncle, Cesar (Yves Montand), to gain access to a hidden spring on a neighboring property. When their initial attempt to buy the land fails, they must contend with Jean de Florette (Gérard Depardieu), who arrives with his family to work the coveted plot and turn it into a profitable farm.
MANON DES SOURCES
Claude Berri, Switzerland/Italy/France, 1987, 113 mins, Color, French (English Subtitles)
June 10, 2019, 7 p.m.
Manon (Emmanuelle Béart), a beautiful shepherdess in Provence, France, has lost her father and seen her family’s livelihood ruined through the greediness of her neighbors: Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) and his grandfather, Cesar (Yves Montand). Now grown and living in isolation from the village, she plots revenge against the men for their misdeeds. Her plot is complicated by Ugolin, who has fallen in love with her — but Manon’s retribution will not be deterred.
Jan Troell, Sweden, 1971, 191 mins, Color, Swedish (English Subtitles)
June 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
Karl Oskar Nilsson (Max von Sydow) and his wife, Kristina (Liv Ullmann), work a farm in a cold and desolate area of rural Sweden in the middle of the 19th century. The growing privations of their life, combined with increasing social and religious persecution, cause the Nilssons and many of their neighbors to strike out for the United States. Following a treacherous ocean crossing and an equally grueling land passage, the emigrants find themselves in the seemingly idyllic land of Minnesota.
THE NEW LAND
Jan Troell, Sweden, 1972, 202 mins, Color, Swedish (English Subtitles)
June 24, 2019, 7 p.m.
In this sprawling sequel to the 1971 film “The Emigrants,” Karl-Oskar (Max von Sydow) and his wife, Kristina (Liv Ullmann), having journeyed to America from Sweden, are now living in the wilderness of Minnesota. While clearing and farming their land, they must deal with the brutal realities of American frontier life, including a fierce Sioux uprising and the bloody Civil War, along with family squabbles and the lure of the gold fields of California.
Tony Richardson, UK, 1963, 128 mins, Color, United Kingdom
July 1, 2019, 7 p.m.
In the early 1960s, at the height of the British New Wave, director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne set out for more fanciful territory than the gritty realism of the movement they’d helped establish. Tom Jones brings a theatrical flair to Henry Fielding’s canonical eighteenth-century novel, boisterously chronicling the misadventures of the foundling of the title (Albert Finney, in a career-defining performance), whose easy charm seems to lead him astray at every turn from his beloved, the wellborn Sophie Western (Susannah York). This spirited picaresque, evocatively shot in England’s rambling countryside and featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, went on to become a worldwide sensation, winning the Oscar for best picture on the way to securing its status as a classic of irreverent wit and playful cinematic expression.
SWORD OF DOOM
Kihachi Okamoto, Japan, 1966, 121 mins, BW, Japanese (English Subtitles)
July 8, 2019, 7 p.m.
Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune star in the story of a wandering samurai who exists in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman plying his craft during the turbulent final days of shogunate rule in Japan, Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse or mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness. Kihachi Okamoto’s swordplay classic is the thrilling tale of a man who chooses to devote his life to evil.
A TASTE OF HONEY
Tony Richardson, United Kingdom, 1961, 100 mins, BW, United Kingdom
July 15, 2019, 7 p.m.
The revolutionary British New Wave films of the early 1960s were celebrated for their uncompromising depictions of working-class lives and relations between the sexes. Directed by Tony Richardson, a leading light of that movement, and based on one of the most controversial plays of its time, A Taste of Honey features Rita Tushingham in her star-making debut role as a disaffected teenager finding her way amid the economic desperation of industrial Manchester, and despite her absent, self-absorbed mother. With its unapologetic identification with social outcasts and its sensitive, modern approach to matters of sexuality and race, Richardson’s classic is a still startling benchmark work of realism.
Aki Kaurismäki, Findland, 1988, 72 mins, Color, Finnish (English Subtitles)
July 22, 2019, 7 p.m.
In Kaurismäki’s drolly existential crime drama, a coal miner named Taisto (Turo Pajala) attempts to leave behind a provincial life of inertia and economic despair, only to get into ever deeper trouble. Yet a minor-key romance with a hilariously dispassionate meter maid (Susanna Haavisto) might provide a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Ariel, which boasts a terrific soundtrack of Finnish tango and Baltic pop music and lovely cinematography by Kaurismäki’s longtime cameraman Timo Salmimen, put its director on the international map.
AND THE SHIP SAILS ON
Federico Fellini, Italy, 1984, 127 mins, Color, Italian (English Subtitles)
July 29, 2019, 7 p.m.
In Fellini’s quirky, imaginative fable, a motley crew of European aristocrats (and a lovesick rhinoceros!) board a luxurious ocean liner on the eve of World War I to scatter the ashes of a beloved diva. Fabricated entirely in Rome’s famed Cinecittà studios, And the Ship Sails On (E la nave va) reaches spectacular new visual heights with its stylized re-creation of a decadent bygone era.
Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1955, 87 mins, BW, Polish (English Subtitles)
August 5, 2019, 7 p.m.
Stach is a wayward teen living in squalor on the outskirts of Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Guided by an avuncular Communist organizer, he is introduced to the underground resistance—and to the beautiful Dorota. Soon he is engaged in dangerous efforts to fight oppression and indignity, maturing as he assumes responsibility for others’ lives. A coming-of-age story of survival and shattering loss, A Generation delivers a brutal portrait of the human cost of war.
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT
Richard Lester, United Kingdom, 1964, 87 mins, BW, United Kingdom
August 12, 2019, 7 p.m.
Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play cheeky comic versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.
Masaki Kobayashi, Japan, 1962, 108 mins, BW, Japanese (English Subtitles)
August 19, 2019, 7 p.m.
On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown. A bevy of lawyers and associates begin machinations to procure the money for themselves, resorting to the use of impostors and blackmail. Yet all are outwitted by the cunning of the man’s secretary (Keiko Kishi), in this entertaining condemnation of unchecked greed.
THE NIGHT PORTER
Liliana Cavani, Italy, 1974, 118 mins, Color, Italian (English Subtitles)
August 26, 2019, 7 p.m.
In this unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani, a concentration camp survivor (Charlotte Rampling) discovers her former torturer and lover (Dirk Bogarde) working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic relationship, his former SS comrades begin to stalk them. Operatic and disturbing, The Night Porter deftly examines the lasting social and psychological effects of the Nazi regime.