Bogart, Kubrick, Monty Python, Harry Potter and one of the first motion pictures to have sound are part of the diverse schedule for the 38th edition of Buffalo Films Seminars returning Jan. 29 to the Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St).
The weekly film series takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 29 through May 7 (except for March 19) as part of the "Film Directors" course taught by Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson at the University at Buffalo. The public is invited to attend the popular series which includes pre- and post-film discussions. Admission is $9.50 for adults, $8 for students and $7.25 for seniors. Season tickets are available any time at a 15 percent reduction for the cost of the remaining films.
Here's the schedule:
Jan. 29: "Lonesome" (1928, directed by directed by Paul Fejös). As one of the first films with sound and dialogue, "Lonesome" was originally released in both silent and monaural versions. The BFS will show the movie with an uncredited orchestral track and three brief scenes of dialogue.
Feb. 5: “A Farewell to Arms” (1932, directed by Frank Borzage). Cary Cooper and Helen Hayes star in this pre-code adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel. Bring tissues.
Feb. 12: "My Man Godfrey” (1936, directed by Gregory La Cava). Socialite Carol Lombard hires William Powell to be her butler in this classic screwball comedy.
Feb. 19: “The African Queen” (1951, directed by John Huston). A missionary and riverboat captain embark on a dangerous journey in World War I. Starring Humphrey Bogart, who won his only Oscar for the role, and Katharine Hepburn.
Feb. 26: “Breathless” (1960, directed by Jean-Luc Godard). "Modern movies started here," wrote Roger Ebert about filmmaker Godard's influential new wave crime drama starring Jean-Paul Belmondo.
March 5: “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (1972, Luis Bunuel). An upper-class group of folks gather for a meal they never eat in Bunuel's surrealistic and satirical Oscar-winner.
March 12: “Dr. Zhivago” (1965, David Lean). Julie Christie and Omar Shariff fall in love against the unforgettable music of Maurice Jarre in this epic romance.
March 26: “Time to Die” (1966, Arturo Ripstein). A gunman returning home from prison faces vengeance in this Mexican Western.
April 2: “Blow-Up” (1966, Michelangelo Antonioni). A photographer may have captured a murder on film in this psychological mystery.
April 9: “The Deer Hunter” (1978, Michael Cimino). Powerful Oscar-winning war drama's young cast included Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken and Robert DeNiro.
April 16: “The Meaning of Life” (1983, Monty Python). Terry Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and the gang use musical sketches to explore life from birth to death.
April 23: “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999, Stanley Kubrick). Erotic drama starring then husband-and-wife Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman was Kubrick's last film.
April 30: "Monrovia, Indiana" (2018, Frederick Wiseman. Documentary looks at a small farming community to see the role small-town America played in the 2016 presidential election.
May 7: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004, Alfonso Cuaron). In the third film in the Potter series, Sirius Black has escaped prison and is after young Harry.