Published August 14, 2019
A rare screening of the 1940 animated Disney classic “Pinocchio” will open the fall 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 Aug. 27 and running through Dec. 3, in the Dipson 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 the screening.
The series opens on Aug. 27 with “Pinocchio,” the story of a living puppet who — with the help of a cricket as his conscience — must prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy. The film is considered by many to be one of Disney’s finest features and one of the greatest animated films of all time. It won Oscars for “Best Music, Original Song” for “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “Best Music, Original Score.”
Jackson noted that he and Christian are particularly delighted to be screening “Pinocchio” as part of the series. “Disney films are particularly hard to rent,” he told UBNow, “particularly since they started their own streaming channel. We got permission only because the primary use is for our UB class.”
The remainder of the schedule, with descriptions culled from IMDb and other sources:
For more information about the series, visit the Buffalo Film Seminars’ website.