The Film Colloquium continues its Fall series “Start Your Engines: Transportation in Cinema” with two exciting events next week!
On Monday, November 7th at 7pm, we will show Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt, 2011). On Thursday, November 10th at 7:30pm, we will screen Christopher Strong (Dorothy Arzner, 1933).
Both films will be held in the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium and are free and open to the public. See event descriptions below.
MEEK’S CUTOFF (Kelly Reichardt, 2011) – Monday, November 7th, 7pm, WHC Auditorium. DCP. 104 mins.
Meek’s Cutoff tells the story of three families heading west on the Oregon Trail in 1845. Following hired guide Stephen Meek through a “shortcut” in the Cascade Mountains, the group begins to fear that Meek may no longer know where he is leading them. Focusing especially on the wives, who are given no voice in deciding the group’s fate, Meek’s Cutoff represents the growing terror and desperation of the pioneers as they struggle for power and survival. In his glowing review of the film, Roger Ebert remarked, “to set aside its many other accomplishments, Meek’s Cutoff is the first film I’ve seen that evokes what must have been the reality of wagon trains to the West.”
CHRISTOPHER STRONG (Dorothy Arzner, 1933)– Thurs. November 10, 7:30pm, WHC Auditorium, 16mm, 78mins. Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Christopher Strong features Katharine Hepburn (in her second film appearance) as a strong-willed aviatrix who falls in love with an older married man. Directed by Dorothy Arzner, one of the few remaining female directors in Hollywood by the mid-1930s, and written by screenwriter Zoë Akins, Christopher Strong helped solidify Hepburn’s image as an independent and strong woman. We will be screening an archival 16mm print of this film, courtesy of UCLA’s Film & Television Archive.
The Colloquium is generously supported by Yale School of Art, The Film Study Center courtesy of Paul L. Joskow, Films at the Whitney supported by the Barbakow Fund for Innovative Film Programs at Yale, The Dean’s Fund for Student Colloquia, and Yale’s History of Art Department.