World Civilization Film Series

World Civilization Film Series

Fall 2012 (download a copy)

This semester’s World Civilization film series examines family life and considers how the smallest unit of society may be its most important.

September 5: Clan of the Cave Bear (United States, 1986; dir. Michael Chapman) This film stars Daryl Hannah in a tale of a Cro-Magnon woman who is separated from her family and raised by Neanderthals.

September 12: Oedipus Rex (Italy, 1967; dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini) On the road to Thebes, Edipo unwittingly kills his biological father paving the way for him to someday marry his mother.

September 19: Julius Caesar (United States, 2002; dir. Uli Edel) At twenty, Caesar flees Rome, but his skill and persistence eventually makes him emperor.  Considered one of the most historically accurate film portrayals of Caesar.

September 26: The Virgin Spring (Sweden, 1960; dir. Ingmar Bergman) Based on a 14th century Swedish ballad (and an older legend that found expression throughout Europe), The Virgin Spring relates the story of a girl’s rape and her family’s revenge.  Banned in Fort Worth, Texas when it was first released.

October 3: Shadow of the Sword (Germany, 2005; dir. Simon Aeby) An epic story of how politics and violence during the Inquisition tore apart two young men who, as orphans, had bonded.  Violent.

October 17:  How Green Was My Valley (United States, 1941; dir. John Ford) The story of a Welsh coal mining family, their hardships, and the aspirations they have for their youngest son.

October 24:  Maria Candelaria (Mexico, 1944; dir. Emilio Fernandez) Classic film about an indigenous Mexican couple whose efforts to marry and start a family are cruelly thwarted.

October 31: The Quack  (Poland, 1982; dir. Jerzy Hoffman) After his wife and children leave him, a famed surgeon, suffering from amnesia, recovers his lost talents and builds a new life.

November 7: The Nasty Girl  (Germany, 1990; dir. Michael Verhoeven) A provocative comedy about the secrets that are revealed when a young girl begins to investigate her hometown’s Nazi past.

November 14: The Blue Kite (China, 1983; Tian Zhuangzhuang) The story of one’s family struggle to survive during the tumultuous period of China’s cultural revolution.

November 28: Live and Become (France, 2005; dir. Radu Mihaileanu) An Ethiopian Christian child struggles to find a new home as a Jew in Israel and, as he grows, to establish an identity for himself.

December 5: Mama Africa (various African, 2002; dir. Fanta Régina Nacro, Zulfah Otto Sallies, and Ingrid Sinclair) A collection of short films by female directors exploring the diverse lives of young African women.

All films are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in LAB 108.  Films are part of the World Civilization course curriculum.  For more information, you can speak with the WCFS coordinator Samantha Taylor at our next showing or contact Andrew P. Haley at 601-336-0708 or