UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY IS OFFERING
TWO FILM SERIES DURING THE FALL 2005 SEMESTER, INCLUDING ITS REGULAR
WORLD CIVILIZATION FILM SERIES AND ANOTHER FOCUSING ON THEMES AND
ISSUES ABOUT GERMANY, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S
FALL 2005 COURSE “GERMAN LANDS SINCE 1815.”
HISTORY PROFESSOR DR. ELIZABETH DRUMMOND IS
THE COORDINATOR OF THE FILM SERIES. ALL FILMS WILL BE SHOWN ON WEDNESDAYS
AT 6:30 P.M. IN ROOM 108 OF THE SOUTHERN MISS LIBERAL ARTS BUILDING.
ADMISSION IS FREE.
FILM SERIES SELECTIONS, DESCRIPTIONS AND PRESENTATION
DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
WORLD CIVILIZATION FILM SERIES
Sept. 2: A Very Long Engagement (France 2004;
dir. Jean–Pierre Jeunet)
The story of a young man’s experiences
in the deadly trenches of World War I and his fiancée’s
search for him when he mysteriously disappears.
Oct. 5: Hero (China 2002; dir. Zhang Yimou)
Set in ancient China, during the “Era of the
Warring States,” the story of warring factions who plot to
assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When a minor official
(Jet Li) defeat’s Qin’s principal enemies, he is summoned
before the king to tell the story of his victory.
Oct. 19: Blackboards (Iran 2000; dir. Samira Makhmalbaf)
The story of a group of young teachers as they travel
through Kurdistan in search of students. Along the way the teachers
meet refugees fleeing Saddam Hussein’s chemical warfare and
encounter the hardships of mountain life.
Nov. 2: The Motorcycle Diaries
dir. Walter Salles)
The story of a young Ernesto “Che” Guevara,
later a leader of the Cuban Revolution, and his best friend, Alberto
Granado, as they travel through South America by motorcycle in the
Nov. 16: Alexander Nevsky (USSR 1938; dir. Sergei
The great Russian director Sergei Eisenstein tells
the story of how a Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle and
defeat the invading Teutonic Knights in the late Middle Ages.
Dec. 7: Mandabi [The Money Order] (Senegal 1968; dir.
The story of a poor Senegalese Muslim who finds himself
pitted against overwhelming bureaucratic and societal forces. A
window into the culture of post–colonial Senegal, caught between
tradition and modernity.
Dec. 14: Black Robe (Canada 1999; dir. Bruce Beresford)
The story of a Jesuit missionary in Quebec in the
17th century and his interactions with the indigenous Huron Indians.
GERMAN HISTORY FILM SERIES
Sept. 14: The Kaiser’s Lackey [Der Untertan]
(East Germany 1951; dir. Wolfgang Staudte)
Based on Heinrich Mann’s famous novel, the
film is a biting critique of the political culture of Imperial Germany.
Sept. 28: M—A Town Is Looking for a Murderer
[M—Eine Stadt sucht einen Moerder) (Weimar Germany, 1931;
dir. Fritz Lang)
Considered by many to be the best German film of
all time, the film offers a window into Berlin’s underworld
in the interwar period, a time of political and economic instability.
Oct.12: Conspiracy (UK/USA 2001; dir. Frank Pierson)
A dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference (January
1942), where members of the Nazi leadership devised the “Final
Solution to the Jewish Question.”
Oct. 26: Downfall [Der Untergang] (Germany 2004; dir.
The story of Adolf Hitler’s final days in his
Berlin bunker at the end of World War II, the film sparked considerable
controversy in Germany for humanizing the Nazi dictator.
Nov. 9: One, Two, Three (USA, 1961; dir. Billy Wilder)
A comedy about Coca–Cola’s man in West
Berlin, who must prevent his American boss’s daughter from
marrying a Communist East Berliner. A humorous look at life in a
divided Berlin before the Berlin Wall, as well as at the Americanization
and de–Nazification of West German society.
Nov. 30: Goodbye Lenin! (Germany 2003; dir. Wolfgang
A young man, in an effort to protect his mother after
awakening from a long coma, must keep her from learning that her
beloved East Germany has disappeared.
For more information on the film series, contact
Dr. Drummond at (601) 266-5398.