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Buffalo Film Seminars to feature works by Kurosawa, Lynch, Scorsese

The long-running Buffalo Film Seminars series, an open-to-the-public University at Buffalo class hosted by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, can always be counted on for a lineup of cinematic heavyweights. The fall 2018 season, kicking off on Aug. 28 with King Vidor’s “The Big Parade,” is no exception.

The 1925 silent film, about an American soldier who falls in love during World War I, will feature electronic piano accompaniment by Philip Carli. The following weeks feature major efforts from directors like Akira Kurosawa, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and John Huston.

Movies are shown at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.) and feature a pre- and post-film discussion. Tickets are $9.50 general, or $7.25 for seniors, $7.50 for children and $8 for students and members of the military. They can be purchased at or in person at the Amherst Theatre box office. Visit for more info on the series.

Here's the rest of the schedule:

Sept. 4, “Scarface” (1932, directed by Howard Hawks and Robert Rossen). Paul Muni stars in a pre-Production Code gangster classic, later remade in 1983.

Sept. 11, “Christopher Strong” (1933, directed by Dorothy Arzner). Another pre-Code gem, this story of illicit love features an early performance from Katharine Hepburn.

Dana Andrews plays a detective who falls in love with the portrait of a murder victim (Gene Tierney) in "Laura."

Sept. 18, “Laura” (1944, directed by Otto Preminger). A film noir murder mystery, “Laura” stars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews.

Sept. 25, “Bitter Rice” (1949, directed by Giuseppe De Santis). An Italian neorealist smash upon release, “Rice” features Vittorio Gassman, Doris Dowling and Silvana Mangano.

Oct. 2, “Rashomon” (1950, directed by Akira Kurosawa). This effort from the director of “The Seven Samurai” famously features multiple versions of the same story.

Oct. 9, “The Gospel According to St. Matthew” (1964, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini). Pasolini tackles the story of Jesus Christ, with stunning results.

Oct. 16, “Mouchette” (1967, directed by Robert Bresson). The director followed the classic “Au hasard Balthazar” with this equally impressive coming-of-age drama.

Oct. 23, “Get Carter” (1971, directed by Mike Hodges). Michael Caine stars in a cold-blooded British crime favorite.

Oct. 30, “The Elephant Man” (1980, directed by David Lynch). The story of deformed Joseph Merrick is a visual stunner, and one of Lynch’s most affecting films.

Nov. 6, “Three Colors: Blue” (1993, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski). The first part of Kieslowski’s “Three Colors” trilogy stars an unforgettable Juliette Binoche.

Nov. 13, “Infernal Affairs” (2002, directed by Alan Mak and Wai-Keung Lau). This kinetic Hong Kong crime thriller is a story of deception and betrayal.

Nov. 20, “The Departed” (2006, directed by Martin Scorsese). The week’s previous film, “Infernal Affairs,” is remade by Scorsese. The cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson.

Nov. 27, “Spotlight” (2015, directed by Tom McCarthy). A Best Picture Oscar winner, “Spotlight” looks at the investigation by The Boston Globe into child sex abuse in the Catholic church.

Dec. 4, “The Man Who Would be King” (1975, directed by John Huston). BFS comes to a rollicking close with a Rudyard Kipling adaptation starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine.

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