Fall 2013

Screening of "The Motherhood Archives" with film maker Irene Lusztig

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September 17, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Archival montage, science fiction, and an homage to 70s feminist filmmaking are woven together to form this haunting and lyrical essay film excavating hidden histories of childbirth in the twentieth century. Assembling an extraordinary archive of over 100 educational, industrial, and medical training films (including newly rediscovered Soviet and French childbirth films) THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES inventively untangles the complex, sometimes surprising genealogies of maternal education. From the first use of anesthetic ether in the 19th century to the postmodern 21st century hospital birthing suite, THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES charts a fascinating course through the cultural history of pain, the history of obstetric anesthesia, and the little-known international history of the natural childbirth and Lamaze movements. Revealing a world of intensive training, rehearsal, and performative preparation for the unknown that is ultimately incommensurate with experience, THE MOTHERHOOD ARCHIVES is a meditation on the maternal body as a site of institutional control, ideological surveillance, medical knowledge, and nationalist state intervention.

http://people.ucsc.edu/%7eilusztig/projects/motherhoodarchives.html

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Film Screening, Death in Venice, 1971, by Luchino Visconti

Film Screening, Death in Venice, 1971, by Luchino Visconti

September 20, 20137:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Luchino Visconti's film adaptation of the classic Thomas Mann novella follows an artist to turn-of-the-century Venice, where his search for beauty and sensuality culminates in an extended stay at the Lido. Steven Cerf, George Lincoln Skolfield, Jr. Professor of German will introduce the film. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Cerf, Jill Suzanne Smith, Associate Professor of German, and Joachim Homann, curator. Organized in conjunction with  the exhibition Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea currently on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Still from Death in Venice, directed by Luchino Visconti.

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Film Studies Program Info Session

Film Studies Program Info Session

September 25, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Meet the faculty and learn more about classes, opportunities for students, and the minor in Film Studies at Bowdoin.

See our webpage at Bowdoin Film Studies Program.

All Bowdoin students are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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Film: Village of No River

Film: Village of No River

September 26, 20137:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

This film takes viewers on a year-long visit to the Yup'ik village of Kwigillingok, Alaska. Residents of the village narrate the film and give the viewer insight into their world and activities in each of the four seasons. The film's writer, anthropologist Barbara Lipton, will give a short talk/slide presentation about the making of the film. 

Hosted by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center.

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Female Embodiment of the Visual World

Female Embodiment of the Visual World

September 28, 20138:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Women's Art in Contemporary China

As contemporary Chinese art gains worldwide prominence, where are the women artists? Why are they so often absent from academic discourse and scholarly publication? How do women's art practices figure into critical theory, gender politics, and aesthetics? Why have Chinese women artists refused to have their work identified and defined in terms of feminism, even if they seemingly engage in feminist art practices? In response to these questions, this symposium initiates a platform for considering Chinese women's art. Leading scholars and critics from Asia and the United States will present and discuss issues that concern artists as well as viewers.

This international symposium is presented in conjunction with the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists, from September 27 to December 21, 2013.

For more information and the complete schedule of the events, please visit bowdoin.edu/asian-studies/symposia/female-embodiment-of-the-visual-world-2013/.

SPONSORED BY: the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Asian Studies Program, and the Art Department.

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"Faire Quelque Chose" ("Do Something") Film Screening

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October 1, 20137:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Filmmaker Vincent Goubet presents his documentary, "Faire Quelque Chose" ("Do Something", with English subtitles) giving voice to the experience of French resistants during WWII. Discussion in English to follow. Sponsored by the Departments of Film Studies, German, History and Romance Languages.

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Book Release Celebration with Tricia Welsch - "Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up"

Book Release Celebration with Tricia Welsch -

October 3, 20134:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Bowdoin College Associate Professor of Film Studies Tricia Welsch will discuss and present selected readings from her new book, Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up.

Welsch's biography trains a spotlight on the talented, self-assured actress whose career spanned seven decades, and also shows how the powerful women of early Hollywood re-invented themselves after their acting lives were over.

Swanson patented inventions and won fashion awards for her clothing designs, was a natural foods activist, exhibited her sculptures, and worked for the United Nations while continuing to act in films, theater, and television.

In the film Sunset Boulevard, Swanson had one of cinema's most famous exit lines--"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." In Welsch's biography, as in her real life, Gloria Swanson remains boldly in the picture.

What the critics are saying about Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up:

"I am so glad that Gloria Swanson is at last receiving the attention she deserves." --Kevin Brownlow, author of The Parade's Gone By. . ., filmmaker, and Academy Award recipient for his contributions to film scholarship and film preservation

"(The book) provides a lively, deft, and full account of Swanson's pioneering career and personal life, both of which were informed by a spirit of constant, intrepid reinvention. Welsch has given us the definitive biography of one of the major figures of the performing arts in the twentieth century." --Matthew H. Bernstein, author of Walter Wanger, Hollywood Independent

Copies of Professor Welsch's book are available for sale at the Bowdoin bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.

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Bowdoin Book Lecture Series/ Film

Bowdoin Book Lecture Series/ Film

October 14, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

A screening of Tod Browning's classic film version of Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula starring Bela Lugosi will be on Monday, October 14 at 7 p.m.
Bowdoin College, Main Lounge, Moulton Union

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Film Premiere: Marriage in the Shadows

Film Premiere: Marriage in the Shadows

October 21, 20137:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Brunswick Film Premiere: Marriage in the Shadows, 1947

Introduction and Panel Discussion by William R. Kenan Jr., Professor of German and the Humanities Emerita Helen Cafferty; George Lincoln Skofield Jr., Professor of German Steven Cerf; Associate Professor of German Birgit Tautz; and Associate Professor of Film Studies on the Marvin H. Green, Jr., Fund, Tricia Welsch.

The newly released digital restoration of the East German film "Marriage in the Shadows" was the first German feature film to explicitly address the persecution of Jews by the Nazis and called on Germans to accept collective responsibility for the crimes of the Third Reich.  Kurt Maetzig's debut film is based on the acclaimed German theater couple Meta Wolff and Joachim Gottschalk.  Shown in all four sectors of occupied Berlin and across Germany, the initial release of the film reached 10 million viewers.  In English with German subtitles.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the German Department.  Underwritten by: DEFA Film Library, University of Amherst, Amherst, MA as part of their 20@20 Anniversary Tour.  Photo credit: Marriage in the Shadows. Dir. Kurt Maetzig © DEFA Film Library.

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Shored Up

Shored Up

October 24, 20137:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Our beaches and coastline are a national treasure, a shared resource, a beacon of sanity in a world of constant change…and they’re disappearing in front of us. Shored Up is a documentary that asks tough questions about coastal communities in the US and their relationships with the land. What will a rising sea do to our homes, our businesses, and the survival of our communities? Can we afford to pile enough sand on our shores to keep the ocean at bay? In Long Beach Island, New Jersey and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, surfers, politicians, scientists, and residents are racing to answer these questions. Beach engineering has been our only approach so far, but is there something else out there to be explored? Highly developed US coastlines puts us in a tough predicament, and it’s time to start looking for solutions.

Following the movie, there will be a question-and-answer session with the producer of the film.

Visit shoredupmovie.com to view the trailer or for more information. This event is possible due to support from the Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Government and Legal Studies, and the Anthropology and Sociology departments, as well as the Sustainability Office, the McKeen Center for the Common Good, and the Bowdoin Green Alliance.

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Documentary Film: Danny from North Korea

Documentary Film: Danny from North Korea

November 6, 20134:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Documentary "Danny from North Korea"

Wednesday, November 6
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
VAC, Beam

Members of LiNK, Liberty in North Korea, will be available for discussion after the film.

Free and open to the public.

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Terms and Conditions May Apply: Screening and Discussion

Terms and Conditions May Apply: Screening and Discussion

November 13, 20134:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Panel discussion "Privacy and Security, Transparency and the Internet" following screening of "Terms and Conditions May Apply"

Have you ever read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies connected to every website you visit, phone call you make, or app you use? Of course you haven't. But those agreements allow corporations to do things with your personal information you could never even imagine. What are you really agreeing to when you click "I accept"?

Following the screening of "Terms and Conditions May Apply," join Profs. Elias (Government) and Gieseking (Digital and Computational Studies) of Bowdoin, and USM Prof. Clearwater (law) previously of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society for a discussion of the film and issues of privacy, security, transparency, and the Internet.

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Film: The Wedding of Palo

Film: The Wedding of Palo

December 5, 20137:00 PM – 8:45 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

The Wedding of Palo, filmed in 1932 by the famous Greenland anthropologist and explorer, Knud Rasmussen, is a semi-documentary of Inuit life in East Greenland.

Palo is an appealing story of two men who desire the same woman as a wife.  The film allows the viewer fascinating glimpses of Inuit life, ranging from hunting expeditions to the wedding ceremony.  The film footage of East Greenland is spectacular!

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