All posts tagged: film

Film Club Reviews: The Seventh Seal and The World’s End

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Lehigh Culture & Community

At first, second, and third glance, these two movies have nothing in common. The first, The Seventh Seal, is a black and white Swedish film from 1957 which uses the black plague as a background for a consideration of death, suffering, and religion. The second, The World’s End, is a fast-paced action movie about drinking, consumer culture, and assimilation. What the films share, though, is an understanding of humanity’s desire to engage in pleasureful activities […]

Film Club Retrospective and Coming Attractions

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Lehigh Culture & Community

Another semester begins and that means that reading groups and our own film club are starting up again. I wanted to take some time to reflect on what we did last semester as well as look forward to what we having coming this semester. So let’s go on a trip back and to the future! Get it? It’s a movie reference. First, the stats. We watched the following films last semester: Modern Times, Young Frankenstein, […]

“No looking backwards, just forward”: Lehigh’s Rally for Inclusion and Sing Street

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Literature & Social Justice

(The first two paragraphs of this post are adapted from a Facebook post I made yesterday) Yesterday, in the wake of the US election, Lehigh faculty, staff, and students came together to hold a silent Rally for Inclusion. The idea was to demonstrate the diversity of people who work together on the campus and make Lehigh (and the country) what it is. While it is not yet clear what Donald Trump will do as president because […]

Film Club Review: High and Low & The Innocents

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Lehigh Culture & Community

You may have noticed a distinct lack of film club reviews here in the past month. Blame our amazing contributors for filling up our publishing schedule! In the interest of time and work load, I’ve combined the last two films we’ve watched in our club to this one piece, so enjoy a weird and wild mashup of Japanese social-realism and high Gothic horror. Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low is quite different from the movies you […]

Film Club Review: Young Frankenstein

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Lehigh Culture & Community

If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to, why don’t you go where comedy sits? Puttin’ on Young Frankenstein is a guaranteed cure to your mid-semester despair. Combining the immense talents of Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, and Peter Boyle, the film really aims at the laugh-a-minute target and it hits most of the time. Gene Wilder’s over-the-top brilliance is on full display throughout as […]

Film Club Review: Modern Times

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Lehigh Culture & Community / Teaching

Roger Ebert said that movies are empathy machines. It is difficult and some would say impossible to see through a character’s eyes and not begin to develop empathy with them. Movies can bypass the language barrier that writing necessarily can’t, and no body of work proves that better than Charlie Chaplin’s. As writer, director, actor, and composer, Chaplin retained complete control of his films, especially towards the end of his silent period when he made […]

Some Like Poetry: A Lehigh University student film about Wisława Szymborska

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Lehigh Culture & Community

Screening information: Date: Wednesday, October 1 at 4:00 PM Location: Drown 210 Running Time: 20 minutes (additionally, there will be a Q & A) Wisława Szymborska (1923 – 2012) is a Polish poet and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. After receiving a grant from Lehigh’s Mountaintop Experience to make a film about Szymborska, Professor Elizabeth Fifer chose three undergrads, Sava Marinković, Karen Huang, and Peter Schadler, and one graduate student, Avi Setton […]