Published January 14, 2019
The classics “African Queen” and “Dr. Zhivago” are among the films being screened in the spring 2019 edition of the Buffalo Film Seminars.
The popular, semester-long series of film screenings and discussions is hosted by UB faculty members Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson. Each session begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 29 and running through May 7, in the Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St. in the University Plaza, directly across the street from the South Campus.
Christian, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of English, and Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Professor of American Culture in the Department of English, will introduce each film. Following a short break at the end of each film, they will lead a discussion of the film.
The screenings are part of “Film Directors” (Eng 381), an undergraduate course being taught by the pair. Students enrolled in the course are admitted free; others may attend at the theater’s regular admission prices of $9.50 for adults, $8 for students and $7.25 for seniors. Season tickets are available any time at a 15 percent reduction for the cost of the remaining films.
“Goldenrod handouts” — featuring production details, anecdotes and critical comments about each week’s film — are available in the theater lobby 45 minutes before each session. The handouts also are posted online one day before each screening.
The 38th edition of the series opens on Jan. 29 with the film “Lonesome,” directed by Paul Fejös. The 1928 film, which is part of the National Film Registry, is one of the first motion pictures to have sound and a couple of talking scenes. It was released in both silent and monaural versions; the version being screened on Jan. 29 will feature an uncredited orchestral track and three brief scenes of dialogue.
In the film, two lonely people meet accidentally at Cony Island. It’s love at first sight, but they don’t even realize they don’t know each other’s name until a fire breaks out and they are separated. Will they ever see each other again?
The remainder of the schedule, with descriptions culled from IMDb and other sources: