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Doc Films Re-Enrolls

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 20, 2006 2:42PM

The U of C students are back on campus this week, and luckily, no one has lit anything on fire yet. Perhaps because they're too busy bringing us another quarter of hard-to-find films and modern trifles through Doc Films.

Like several film classes rolled into one, this semester explores the Women of Early Hollywood with films from former It Girl Clara Bow, America’s sweetheart Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and Greta Garbo; the later works of Jean-Luc Godard; cinematic treatments of jazz music; and anti-heroes of the American 1970s, which is filled with guys we wanted to be when we were kids.

Just in time for Halloween, 2006_09_halloween.jpgDoc Films also delves into the horror of the 1970s with poetic descriptions of films like The Exorcist, Last House on the Left, Phantasm and Shivers, a film that proves that Canadians are much more homicidal and horny than you would expect. And since Halloween is just around the corner, they’ll be showing the film of the same name twice that night with a costume contest to follow the midnight screening.

Rounding out the fall slate is a special screening and discussion with filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica) on Thursday, November 9th. Check out their fancy new website for more details.

If you’re a student at U of C and interested in volunteering with this excellent student-run organization, two meetings will be held next week on Monday, September 25, and Thursday, September 28, at 5:30 p.m at the Max Palevsky Cinema.