Germaine F. Murray, PhD, professor of English, presents The Night of the Hunter (1955), directed by Charles Laughton.
The Night of the Hunter is the only film Charles Laughton ever directed and is considered one of the greatest American films of all time, despite the fact that it was completely misunderstood and ignored when it was released. The film blurs the lines between fantasy, horror and thriller, using elements of noir and its expressionistic lights and darks. The black and white photography is shot by Stanley Cortez who worked with Orson Welles. The screenplay was adapted by James Agee.
John Baltrushunas, MFA, professor of art and design, presents Woman of the Year (1942), directed George Stevens.
A witty romantic screwball comedy, this film about gender roles was originally developed by Garson Kanin especially for Katharine Hepburn, with an Oscar-winning script by Ring Lardner Jr. and Michael Kanin. This marked the first onscreen pairing of Tracy and Hepburn (the first of nine such films that lasted over a period of 25 years). Woman of the Year earned an Oscar for Lardner Jr. and Kanin for Best Original Screenplay and also earned a nomination for Hepburn for Best Actress. It was selected as one of the “Top Ten” films of the year by the New York Times and others.
Davis Brown, PhD, assistant professor of political science, presents Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1992), by director Nicholas Meyer.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is the acclaimed final installment of the 26-year franchise of Star Trek featuring the original cast. Bridging the gap between the original television series and The Next Generation series, the story is one of forgiveness and revenge, of trust and betrayal, of hatred and regret—but also of hope for the future. In sowing the seeds for peace between the Federation and Klingon Empire, the movie offers valuable insights for understanding international conflicts in our world.