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Buffalo Film Seminars opens with ‘Pandora’s Box’

The Buffalo Film Seminars can always be counted on for an eclectic lineup and a fascinating opener, and the latest installment of the series hosted by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian is no exception. Georg Wilhelm Pabst’s “Pandora’s Box” screens at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.).

The silent classic stars the inimitable Louise Brooks as an uninhibited young woman who undergoes a fast rise and grim fall. The 1928 film is pre-Production Code, meaning the level of raw sexuality and violence onscreen is eye-opening even for current audiences. It’s an ideal opening selection, and Jackson and Christian should have some fascinating discussion points.

The rest of the spring series includes a number of heavyweights — Jean Renoir, Alfred Hitchcock, Sergio Leone, Martin Scorsese, Akira Kurosawa — and, in Claire Denis’ “Beau Travail,” an absolute must-see. (The latter, an adaptation of Melville’s “Billy Budd” involving soldiers in the French Foreign Legion, is notoriously difficult to track down on DVD.)

Here is the rest of the lineup:

Feb. 2: "Rules of the Game" (directed by Jean Renoir, 1939)

Feb. 9: "Notorious" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)

Feb. 16: "Pather Panchali" (Satyajit Ray, 1955)

Feb. 23: "The Producers" (Mel Brooks, 1967)

March 1: "Once Upon a Time in the West" (Sergio Leone, 1968)

March 8: "The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971)

March 22: "Raging Bull" (Martin Scorsese, 1980)

March 29: "Ran" (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)

April 5: "Malcolm X" (Spike Lee , 1992)

April 12: "Beau Travail" (Claire Denis, 1999)

April 19: "Waltz with Bashir" (Ari Folman, 2008)

April 26: "Amour" (Michael Haneke, 2012)

May 3: "The Fisher King" (Terry Gilliam, 1991)

Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for students, and $7. They can be purchased at the theater box office or at dipsontheatres.com. For more information on the Buffalo Film Seminars, visit buffalofilmseminars.com.

 

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