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Marquette University Foreign Film Festival

Posted in Festivals with tags , , on February 21, 2009 by leclisse

Marquette University’s festival of foreign films returns for another year, beginning on Saturday, February 28 and concluding on Thursday, March 5.  I admit I had not paid much attention to this film festival in previous years, but the lineup this time has caught my attention.

Inaugerating Sunday’s (March 1) succession of features is Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura (1960).  I actually missed this one on my first reading of the schedule because it was listed by its English translation, The Adventure.  I saw this film several years ago, and have consistently meant to but failed to view it a second time.  This sad state of affairs is only due to my failure to check out the DVD from the library.  Regardless, the beauty of  L’Avventura has stayed with me despite my neglect.  Monica Vitti says more with her prolonged gazes of melancholia than is expressed through the film’s intermittent dialogue:

Monica Vitti in LAvventura (1960)

Monica Vitti in L'Avventura (1960)

Thinking of her now has me wondering why I have not looked into more of what Italian cinema has to offer.

Following L’Avventura is Fritz Lang’s haunting M (1931), which is yet another film I saw only once and to which I have not returned.  Not yet, anyway.  Also of note are Persepolis (2007) Battleship Potemkin (1925) on February 28, Rashomon (1985) on March 3, In the Mood for Love (2002) on March 4, and The Seventh Seal (1957) on March 5.  I’m not sure how many showings I will be able to attend, but I’ll see what I can do.

For a complete schedule, visit the official web site.