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Living Room Film Club

Until we meet again in the Belcourt lobby, let’s keep our film talk going! Join the Belcourt Theatre and Nashville Scene for the Living Room Film Club, where we gather from our homes to discuss films from the Criterion Channel. Each meeting, we’ll focus on a collection from the Criterion Channel, with one film as the spotlight. Watch the spotlight film on your own, explore other films in the collection, and join our guest speakers for a 30-minute discussion. For best results, watch the film just before the 8pm meeting time.

A special offer from the Criterion Channel
We’ve reached out to the Criterion Channel, and they have given us a limited number of discounted subscriptions to share with Belcourt members who are not already signed up. New Criterion Channel subscribers who sign up by Thu, Apr 30 will receive 50% off their first three months (following a two-week free trial). If you’re not a Belcourt member, you can still participate in the Living Room Film Club by purchasing a Criterion Channel subscription — either on a monthly ($10.99) or yearly ($99.99) basis.

Note: For current Belcourt members who want to take advantage of this Criterion Channel discount, email membership@belcourt.org to receive your code. If you become a new Belcourt member, you’ll receive your code in your confirmation email.

The Criterion Channel is accessible on any device, including the Criterion Channel app on Roku or AppleTV. Read more here.

Wed, Apr 8 at 8:00pm:
Join us at 8pm to discuss Samuel Fuller’s THE STEEL HELMET with guest speaker Frank Dobson, associate dean of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt University, and Nathan Smith, contributing film writer for the Nashville Scene.

We recommend that you join the video call at 7:50pm to get comfortable with the platform.

THE STEEL HELMET
Dir. Samuel Fuller | USA | 1951 | 85min. | NR
In English and Korean with English subtitles

THE STEEL HELMET marked Samuel Fuller's official arrival as a mighty cinematic force. Despite its relatively low budget, this portrait of Korean War soldiers dealing with moral and racial identity crises remains one of the director's most gripping, realistic depictions of the blood and guts of war—as well as a reflection of Fuller's irreducible social conscience. The film’s comments on domestic and war crimes (American bigotry, the Japanese-American WWII internment camps) were so controversial that Fuller was the target of an FBI investigation.

From guest speaker Frank Dobson:
"This is a film about war; and about wars, plural: the war without, in Korea, and the wars within, back home in America, where Black Americans like the film’s Corporal Thompson, played by James Edwards, are fighting for their civil rights. In its presentation of a multi-ethnic cast, this film presents a forerunner of the 1980’s bi-racial buddy films, in which diverse characters join forces toward a common cause, all the while in conflict with each other over race, rights, and respect. Indeed, this is even the premise of today’s wildly successful FAST & FURIOUS franchise: diversity in conflict. Moreover, I value this film because of my admiration for its superb cast, particularly James Edwards, the pioneering yet under appreciated black leading man whose career deserves more attention."


PAST LIVING ROOM FILM CLUB DISCUSSIONS

Wed, Apr 1 at 8:00pm
The first film we’ll discuss is Abbas Kiarostami’s CERTIFIED COPY from Criterion’s “Starring Juliette Binoche” collection. Join us at 8pm for a conversation with Jennifer Fay, director of Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt University, and Sadaf Ahsan, contributing writer for the Nashville Scene.

CERTIFIED COPY
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami | Iran/France/Italy/Belgium | 2010 | 106 min. | NR
In French, English, and Italian with English subtitles

The great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami travels to Tuscany for a luminous and provocative romance in which nothing is as it appears. What seems at first to be a straightforward tale of two people—played by Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche and opera singer William Shimell—getting to know each other over the course of an afternoon gradually reveals itself as something richer, stranger, and trickier: a mind-bending reflection on authenticity, in art as well as in relationships. Both cerebrally and emotionally engaging, CERTIFIED COPY reminds us that love itself is an enigma.

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