The Cinema Group was created with the aim of furthering participants’ knowledge of film. Through a selection of motion pictures covering different genres and styles, the group examines the plot, soundtrack, making of and the most iconic scenes, and reflects at length on the message the films convey.
The sessions are structured as follow: they will begin with a brief introduction of the film by the group coordinators. Then, after watching the film, the participants are invited to make comments and share their impressions.
The coordinators are Oscar Sueiro, technical manager of the Digital Media Studios (DMS), and Geoffrey Cowper, film director and lecturer in the Faculty of Communication. Both are regular contributors to film festivals and magazines.
All films will be screened in their original language, with subtitles.
Rope (1948), Alfred Hitchcock
Rope (1948), by Alfred Hitchcock, is a classic crime thriller, a genre made famous by its director. Two students, convinced they have committed the perfect crime, organise a get-together with friends, and no one except them knows there is a dead body hidden in a chest in the living room. In this film, the director masterfully controls how much of the plot is revealed to the audience and characters. With this project, in addition to taking risks in terms of content, Hitchcock also took risks in terms of form, as he wanted the film to be appear as one single continuous shot. While the technical limitations of the time prevented him from doing so, his genius prevailed, and he succeeded in creating this illusion.
Brigadoon (1954), by Vincent Minnelli, is the film version of a Broadway musical starring none other than Gene Kelly, who had become famous two years earlier thanks to his lead role in Singing in the Rain. This motion picture is unique in that it is a romantic fantasy film. In it, love must go beyond the realm of legend. Ideal for dispelling any preconceptions you might have about musicals.
In Kikujiro (1999),director Takeshi Kitanoliterally tells the story of two characters who must find each other in order to grow. A young boy searching for his mother and the adult -bad company, initially- who goes with him. Takeshi Kitano directs and stars in a tender story which differs enormously from his usual films about violent Yakuza gangsters. A brilliant author.