July At The Bryn Mawr Film Institute
The month brings series, sing-a-longs and documentaries.
July is set to be a packed month at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Film series and courses, documentaries, sing-a-longs and performing arts events are all on the calendar.
Public Relations Manager Devin Wachs tells us what to expect:
It's A Mad Men's World is a series that is set to kick off July 11 with The Apartment starring Academy Award winner Jack Lemon. The series includes five films that are related to characters or events from the telelvision series Mad Men. Times for shows in the series are below:
- Jack Lemmon is never better than as a lonely New York office worker who loans out his apartment to superiors for romantic encounters. This film is the first of two included in the summer classic seminar. The seminar is a one-night class that offers students a reading about the film, an introductory lecture prior to the film and a guided discussion following it. The ticket to see the film as well as popcorn and a drink are included in the price.
- Actor Robert Morse plays a humble window washer who works his way to the top in office using a "how to" manuel. Morse, the lead in the film, appears on AMC's Mad Men at agnecy head Bert Cooper.
- French icon Jean-Pierre Leaud plays one of the "children of Marx and Coca-Cola." He isolates himself from his friends as his girlfriend's singing career takes off amid of the future. How is it related to Mad Men? Leading man Don Draper skipped work to see a French New Wave film similiar to this one.
- After being drafted into the army, a rock-and-roll star travels to Sweet Apple, Ohio for one last concert. The film served as the inspiration for an ad campaign on the Mad Men's World. Those who attend this screening in costume with receive a free popcorn!
- A classic melodrama about a forbidden love between a New England widow and her much younger gardener. The film highlights issues regarding class and age; oppressive societal pressures felt by housewife Betty Draper. This film is the second in the summer classic seminar. The seminar, $30 for non-members, $25 for members, is a one-night class that offers students a reading about the film, an introductory lecture prior to the film and a guided discussion following it. The ticket to see the film as well as popcorn and a drink are included in the price.
The second series of the summer, set to kick off July 10 is Hitchcock: The Early Years. The BMFI always features some Hitchcock during the summer, but this year it's focusing on his earlier works.The series is shown in conjunction with a film course. The course examines and discusses Hitchcock's early British and American work prior to the airing of the films. Times and showings in the series are listed below:
- The film follows a man who is wrongfully accused of murder and becomes involved in destroying an international spy ring.
- This spine-tingling thriller with a comic edge was one of Hitchcock's last British films. While traveling by rail, a young playgirl interrogates her fellow passengers about a missing woman whom only she remembers being on board.
- A gothic psychological thriller about a young bride who sense the presence of her new husband's deceased wife.
- A thriller about a psychoanalyst, played by Ingrid Bergman, working to recover the memory of an amnesiac who is suspected of murder. It is considered one of Hitchcock's overlooked masterpieces.
In addition to the two series featured in July, BMFI is also showing documentaries and performing arts pieces throughout the month. Shows and times are listed below:
- Gene Kelly stars in this Best-Picture winning musical about a starving artist in Paris who woos a local French girl. Those who dress in costume will receive free popcorn.
- This film, a part of BMFI's Late Night Series, follows a low-level bureaucrat who is up for promotion and seeks to solve a dire computer error. The film, directed by Terry Gilliam, has been called stylish, surreal and wholly inventive.
- This ballet, a signature of the Royal Ballet in London, has been revived for the company's 75th anniversary. It is a timeless tale of a princess who falls into a magical sleep. The ballet's musical selection is by Tchaikovsky.
- In Fixing the Future, David Brancaccio, of NPR and PBS, visits people and organizations throughout the United States that are attending to reinvent the American economy through innovative and sustainable approaches to creating jobs and building prosperity.
- Performed at the Opera Festival St. Margarethen in Austria, Nabucco is a take of love and betrayal. Nabucco, King of Babylon, conquers neighboring Jews and forces them into exile while dealing with family trouble. The Opera Festival St. Margarethen is regarded as one of the most important open-air festivals in Europe and draws more than 200,000 opera fans.
- In this film, also a part of the institute's Late Night Series, Russell stars as a trucker who battles demons and faces indescribable terrors while helping to rescue a damsel in distress.
The film institute is also expecting to get Woody Allen's latest To Rome With Love on July 6. BMFI is currently showing Bernie, Moonrise Kingdon and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.