GREENSBORO — In terms of classic foreign and independent film, no company has done more to raise the profile of great cinema than the Criterion Collection.
Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema (2134 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro) will celebrate the legacy of the Criterion Collection with “Criterion Tuesdays” — a weekly screening that will showcase some of the best foreign and independent movies ever made.
Hosted and programmed by UNCG student and film aficionado Shelley Osborne, the film series will be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Tickets are $6, or $5 with student ID. Admission includes a beer, soda or coffee.
Below is a lineup and synopses of films starting in January. For more information, visit Geeksboro’s website at www.geeksboro.com or call 355-7180.
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“George Washington” (director David Gordon Greene) — A textured, unique portrayal of youth in the South, “George Washington” follows a group of kids who are faced with a difficult decision after the tragic death of a friend. The film that launched UNC School of the Arts’ filmmaking program to international renown, “George Washington” is known for its beautifully portrayed meditation on adolescence and stunning performances — plus it was filmed right here in the Triad.
“Closely Watched Trains” (director Jirí Menzel) — One of the best-loved films from the Czech New Wave, this film follows a young dispatcher’s apprentice on his quest to be liberated from his virginity. Unaware of the war going on around him, the young man experiences a journey of self-discovery, eroticism and frustration.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1968, “Closely Watched Trains” is a beautiful masterpiece of human observation.
“The 400 Blows” (director François Truffaut) — What has been hailed as the first French New Wave film, “The 400 Blows” is a tour de force portrait of Truffaut’s difficult childhood. The hardships of the young boy are complete with escapades involving parents, teachers and even the law.
“The Spirit of the Beehive” (director Victor Erice) — Regarded by many critics as the greatest Spanish film of all time, this film follows the journey of a small girl who is possessed by the memory of seeing James Whale’s 1931 “Frankenstein.” “The Spirit of the Beehive” is a peculiar, haunting portrait of childhood presented as one of the most visually arresting films ever made.
— Courtesy of Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema