University Libraries Present 2014 Film Series
Foreign films share theme of crazy loveTuesday, February 11, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Libraries will host a series of foreign language films on the theme of crazy love. “Amour Fou in February” features the French New Wave films Breathless and 400 Blows, and “Amor Loco in April” features two films from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, All About My Mother and The Skin I Live In. The films will be screened in the Mullins Library Room 104, all on Tuesday nights, and all beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
The schedule for the film series is:
Feb. 18 – Breathless (À bout de souffle, France, 1960). Criminal Michel Poiccard (Jean-Paul Belmondo) loves American movies and takes on the persona of Humphrey Bogart. After a car theft gone wrong, he turns to girlfriend Patricia Franchini (Jean Seberg), a beautiful American studying at the Sorbonne. On the run from the police, it isn’t long before Michel finds himself out of breath. This first feature from director by Jean-Luc Godard was written by François Truffaut.
Feb. 25 – The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups, France, 1959). Parents and teachers don’t understand Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), a Parisian adolescent who finds himself in jail after stealing his father’s typewriter. The film captures his adventures and struggles. Directed by François Truffaut, co-written by Trufaut and Marcel Moussy; also starring Claire Maurier.
Apr. 1 – All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre, Spain, 1999). After single mother Manuela (Cecilia Roth) witnesses her only son die, she travels to Barcelona to tell his transvestite father, Lola (Toni Cantó), the news. She meets other kindred spirits along the way, including a pregnant nun (Penélope Cruz). Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, this film was winner of the Academy Award for best foreign language film.
Apr. 8 – The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito, Spain, 2011). Plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) creates a synthetic skin resistant to burns and other injuries to exact revenge on his daughter’s assailant. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar; co-written by Almodóvar and Agustín Almodóvar; based on the novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet; also starring Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes.
Tim Zou, head of the performing arts & media department
University of Arkansas Libraries
Jennifer Rae Hartman, public relations coordinator