Music historian Philip Gossett will present “Giuseppe Verdi and the Italian Risorgimento” in an event sponsored by the University of Iowa Opera Studies Forum (OSF), the UI School of Music and International Programs. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on April 21 in the UCC Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.
The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, April 14, with a screening of Body Heat (1981, Lawrence Kasdan, 113 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.
During a South Florida heat wave, Matty Tyler (Kathleen Turner) begins an affair with Ned Racine (William Hurt), who is sleepwalking through a mediocre career as a small-town lawyer with too much time on his hands. Drawn by his lust for Matty, Ned finds himself in over his head in murder and betrayal. Much like Fred McMurray’s Walter Neff in Double Indemnity, Ned winds up with neither the girl nor the money. But at least Ned’s not dead.
The so-called “Jasmine Revolution,” the fierce sandstorms of mass protests that started in Tunisia in 2010 and are currently sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East–leaving in their wake fleeing dictators, cowed autocrats, and countries in war and turmoil–were whipped up on social media sites in cyberspace before they took human form in real space. The revolt of the proverbial “Arab street” was incubated in the online social media.
What: The “Celebration of East Africa” spring lecture series
When: Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m.
Where: 14 Schaeffer Hall
Presented by: Pamela Kaduri
Topic: “Research on Tobacco Addiction in Tanzania”
Con artist Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) travels between the U.S. and Europe selling forged paintings at inflated prices. Approached by a Parisian racketeer looking for someone to murder a rival, Ripley points him to a picture framer, Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz), allegedly dying of a blood disease and in need of money to help his family. The racketeer (Gérard Blain) persuades Zimmermann to commit a first murder in Paris. When he proposes a second hit to take place on a train, Tom steps in to help.
The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, March 31, with a screening of Get Carter (1971, Mike Hodges, 112 minutes), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.
Steven Ungar, UI professor of French and Comparative Literature, will lead post-screening discussions.
Music journalist Dave Tompkins will speak about the evolution of the vocoder as a useful tool in World War II to now being the ubiquitous voice of popular music at 4 p.m., Friday, April 1, in Room 2520D, University Capitol Centre.
What: South Asian Studies Program seminar
When: Thursday March 31, 2011, at 4 p.m.
Where: 468 Phillips Hall
Who: Eric Colvard, a doctoral candidate in history
Topic: “Drunkards Beware!: Temperance and Nationalist Politics in India in the 1930’s”
The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, March 24, with a screening of Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski, 130 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.
Private investigator Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired out of the blue by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband, Hollis Mulwray, whom she suspects is having an affair. Gittes photographs Hollis with a young woman, but when it turns out that the woman was an impostor hired as part of an elaborate set-up, the real Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) allows him to continue his investigation. After Hollis is murdered, secrets involving the Mulwray family as well as plans involving the city’s water system come to light. Gittes is caught within mysteries and corruption, whose links he sees only too late.
Sociolinguistics expert E. Annamalai will visit the University of Iowa Thursday, March 24, to discuss the changing linguistic scene in India. His talk, titled “Challenges to Indian Multilingualism,” begins at 4 p.m. in Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.
The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Mar. 10, with a screening of Le Samouraï (1967, Jean-Pierre Melville, 101 min), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.
Water and its relationship to the environment, global health, development and the rights of individuals and communities will be the topic of the next WorldCanvass on Friday, March 25 in Rm. 2780 of the University Capitol Centre. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Mar. 3, with a screening of Point Blank (1967, John Boorman, 92 min), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.
Point Blank is among the dozen or so films that revised narrative and visual conventions of the classic cycle of film noir between 1958 and 1975. Its non-linear narrative and inventive use of color and sound design evoke elements of the French New Wave and French New Novel between 1955 and 1962.
This announcement appeared in Eastern Iowa Life.
“Crossing Cultures: Tips for Communicating in the 21st Century” will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon March 30 in the Burbank Room of the Quad Cities Botanical Center in Rock Island, Ill. The cross-cultural workshop is offered as part of the “Going Global in Iowa” program, which is based out of International Programs at the University of Iowa.
The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, Feb. 24, with a screening of Manchurian Candidate (1962, John Frankenheimer, 126 min), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.
The Manchurian Candidate remains a unique political thriller that draws on noir elements to culminate a decade of Cold War anxiety films, including Panic in the Streets (dir.: Elian Kazan, 1950), Kiss Me Deadly (dir.: Robert Aldrich, 1955), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (dir.: Don Siegel, 1956). In this case, the threat to the American republic reaches as far as the nuclear family.