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Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “Notorious” starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains is among the films in this semester’s edition of Buffalo Film Seminars.


Posted January 12, 2022

Classic films “The Maltese Falcon” and “Notorious” are among this spring’s submissions for the 44th annual Buffalo Film Seminars.

The popular series, hosted by UB faculty members Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, will continue remotely this spring, with online screenings and film discussions.

Weekly chats will take place via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays from February 1 through May 10.

An email notification regarding each film will be sent the Saturday prior to the Zoom chat date to students enrolled in Christian and Jackson’s “Filmmakers” class (ENG 381), as well as the Department’s mailing list of English and the Buffalo Film Seminar mailing list (email Jackson or Christian to be on the BFS mailing list). This review will include a URL for the couple’s Vimeo introduction to the film and a PDF of this week’s Goldenrod document. The notice will also include an invitation to the Zoom chat.

All but two of the movies in the series (“Notorious” and “The Power of the Dog”) are available on Criterion or Netflix—C after the title in the list below indicates it’s available on Criterion, P: Amazon Prime, P$: Amazon Prime with additional charge of $4. “The Power of the Dog” is currently only available on Netflix; “Notorious” is only available on FlixFilm (low-res versions are on YouTube). All four subscription services allow cancellation at any time, so all 14 movies should be available for less than $100.

Nine of the films – all with “UB” after the title – are available for free to anyone with a UB email account through the UB Libraries’ Swank and Kanopy portals. The five films not available through UB Libraries are “The Raven”, “The Gunfighter”, “Naked”, “Salesman”, and “The Power of the Dog”. Swank titles will be available through UB Libraries for one year; Kanopy titles for three years.

While movie availability is expected to remain throughout the semester, if a service’s license to stream a movie expires, attendees will be notified of replacement programming.

The Spring 2022 schedule, with descriptions taken from the IMDb online movie database and other sources:

Promotional image of "The Ghost Cart" depicting a carriage carrying a hooded figure with a scythe.

February 1st : “The Ghost Cart”, 1921, directed by Victor Sjöström, C UB-Kanopy. On New Year’s Eve, the driver of a ghostly car forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.

February 8:It happened one night», 1934, directed by Frank Capra, CP$ UB-Swank. A renegade journalist following a young heiress on the run for a big story joins her on a bus going from Florida to New York, and they find themselves stuck with each other when the bus leaves them behind at one of the stops.

Still film, "The Maltese Falcon" with Humphrey Boggart.

February 15:The Maltese Falcon», 1941, directed by John Huston, P$ UB-Swank. San Francisco private investigator Sam Spade takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette, with the stakes rising after his partner is murdered.

movie poster "The crow.".

February 22:The crow», 1943 directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, C. A French village doctor becomes the target of poisoned letters sent to the village chiefs, accusing him of business and practicing abortion.

1st of March: “Famous“, 1946, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, FlixFilm YouTube UB-Swank. The daughter of a convicted Nazi spy is asked by American agents to gather information on a network of Nazi scientists in South America.

8 March : “The shooter, “1950, directed by Henry King, P$. Notorious shooter Jimmy Ringo goes to town to find his true love, who doesn’t want to see him. He didn’t come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

March 15: “touch evil,1958, directed by Orson Welles, P$UB-Swank. A hard and twisted story of murder, kidnapping and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Promotional image of the film "An autumn afternoon.".

March 29:An autumn afternoon», 1962, directed by Yasujirô Ozu, CP$ UB-Kanopy. An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.

movie poster for "Amarcord" directed by Federico Fellini.

April 5:Amarcord“, 1973, directed by Federico Fellini, CP$UB-Kanopy. A series of comedy and nostalgic vignettes set in a 1930s Italian coastal town.

April 12: “Naked”, 1993, directed by Mike Leigh, C. An unemployed Mancunian vents his rage on unsuspecting strangers as he embarks on a nocturnal odyssey in London.

April 19:Anti-rabbit mesh», 2002, directed by Phillip Noyce, P$ UB-Kanopy. In 1931, three half-white, half-Native girls escape after being torn from their homes to be trained as servants, and set off on a journey through the Outback.

April 26:Seller“, 2016, directed by Asghar Farhadi, P. While the two are involved in a production of “Death of a Salesman”, a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home, leaving the teacher determined to find the author over his wife’s traumatized objections.

2021 movie promotional poster, "Power of the Dog.".

May 3: “The power of the dog», 2021, directed by Jane Campion, Netflix. Charismatic breeder Phil Burbank inspires fear and admiration in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

May 10: “Hugo», 2011, directed by Martin Scorsese, P$ UB-Kanopy. In 1931, in Paris, an orphan living within the walls of a train station is immersed in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.


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