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Brief Encounter (1945)
Taste of Cherry (1997)
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Pather Panchali (1955)

Film Studies

Film History Discussion Series:

10 Mondays, January 24 to March 28, 2022, noon to 3:00 pm  
Instructor: Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Senior Director of Education, BMFI

Join us for a series of discussions charting a course through the post-World War II history of motion pictures. We will take a chronological tour of international cinema, including stops in the United Kingdom, India, Czechoslovakia, Spain, and Iran. Films scheduled to be discussed are: 

Jan 24: Brief Encounter (David Lean, UK, 1945)
Jan 31: Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, US, 1951)
Feb 7: Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, India, 1955)
Feb 14: A Raisin in the Sun (Daniel Petrie, US, 1961)
Feb 21: Closely Watched Trains (Jiří Menzel, Czechoslovakia, 1966)
Feb 28: The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, Spain, 1973)
Mar 7: Burden of Dreams (Les Blank, US, 1982)
Mar 14: To Sleep with Anger (Charles Burnett, US, 1990)
Mar 21: Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 1997)
Mar 28: Capote (Bennett Miller, US, 2005)

Please note: As this discussion series occurs on Mondays, and Mondays are a VacCinema day at BMFI, only fully vaccinated students may enroll. Each individual will be asked to show proof of vaccination by presenting their vaccination card or a clear photo of it, as well as photo ID, prior to entering BMFI. Please arrive early to allow adequate time for this process. You may visit the VacCinema page for further information.

In addition: though participants will be able to select their own seats upon entering the theater, please be mindful of others’ desire for distance when making your selection. In addition, per BMFI policy, we ask that you wear your mask when entering and exiting the theater, finding your seat, using the restroom, and navigating common areas at BMFI. You may remove your mask when seated in your theater seat, but we ask that you wear your mask when asking questions or making comments during the discussion portion of the session. Please email Jill Malcolm with any questions.

Course Information

$200 for members, $235 for non-members (no “à la carte” enrollment).


  • Monday, January 24 · 12:00 pm
  • Monday, January 31 · 12:00 pm
  • Monday, February 7 · 12:00 pm
  • Monday, February 14 · 12:00 pm
  • Monday, February 21 · 12:00 pm
  • Monday, February 28 · 12:00 pm
  • Monday, March 7 · 12:00 pm
  • Monday, March 14 · 12:00 pm
  • Monday, March 21 · 12:00 pm
  • Monday, March 28 · 12:00 pm
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