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The Mondavi Center will become a classic “art house” movie theatre on ten special Monday nights as the Focus on Film cinema series returns for the 2008-09 artistic season. Focus on Film will feature three films which provide unique takes on William Shakespeare, three classics of “mistaken identity” by the great Alfred Hitchcock, and four films chosen by Academy Award-winning director Paul Haggis, who will visit the Mondavi Center in May 2009 as part of the Distinguished Speakers series. Each screening is followed by an informal reception, with free refreshments.

Focus on Film is presented in association with the UC Davis Department of Film Studies.

All screenings:
Studio Theatre, 6:30 pm
$10 Adults
$27 Your choice of any three films
$75 Season ticket for all 10 films

Fall Quarter: Shakespeare
A history, a comedy and a tragedy demonstrate the range of Shakespeare in three rarely seen cinematic takes on the Bard. These films complement the Mondavi Center’s Season of Shakespeare which features, MacHomer, a special Sonnet Walk and other activities throughout 2008-09. Each film provides a unique perspective on Shakespeare’s work. Looking for Richard gives an actor’s perspective on how to make Shakespeare, Elizabethan language and all, transparent to a modern audience; Twelfth Night is an extraordinarily successful transformation in time (modern day), place (London) and medium (film) of this great comedy; Throne of Blood shows how the power of Macbeth’s story is retained when reset by a great master of film, Akira Kurosawa, to medieval Japan.

  • Looking for Richard
    Directed By Al Pacino (1996), rated PG-13, 111 minutes
    Mon, Oct 6, 2008 • 6:30 pm ST
  • Twelfth Night
    Directed by Tim Supple (2003), not rated, 125 minutes
    Mon, Oct 20, 2008 • 6:30 pm ST
  • Throne of Blood
    Directed By Akira Kurosawa (1957), Japanese with English subtitles, not rated, 90 minutes
    Mon, Nov 17, 2008 • 6:30 pm ST

Winter Quarter: Hitchcock
Time and again, Alfred Hitchcock built films around a hero mistaken for a criminal (usually in a very early scene) who spends the bulk of the film on the hunt for the real perpetrator (who of course framed him). Here are three of the best explorations of this theme:

  • Spellbound
    Directed By Alfred Hitchcock (1945), not rated, 111 minutes
    Mon, Jan 5, 2009 • 6:30 pm ST
  • North by Northwest
    Directed By Alfred Hitchcock (1959), not rated, 136 minutes
    Mon, Jan 26, 2009 • 6:30 pm ST
  • Strangers on a Train
    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1951), not rated, 101 minutes
    Mon, Feb 23, 2009 • 6:30 pm ST

Spring Quarter: Paul Haggis Picks
Academy Award Winner Paul Haggis will be visiting the Mondavi Center on May 11 to deliver a lecture entitled From “Crash” to the Valley of Elah: The Art and Craft of Hollywood. We asked him to share with us those films which most influenced the way he makes movies. We think his choices make for great viewing and give insights into his film making philosophy which will make Haggis’ talk even more fascinating.

  • In The Valley Of Elah
    Directed by Paul Haggis (2007), rated R, 121 minutes
    Mon, Mar 30, 2009 • 6:30 pm ST
  • Rashomon
    Directed by Akira Kurosawa (1950), Japanese with English subtitles, not rated, 88 minutes
    Mon, Apr 13, 2009 • 6:30 pm ST
  • Breathless
    Directed by Jean Luc Godard (1960), French with English subtitles, not rated, 90 minutes
    Mon, Apr 27, 2009 • 6:30 pm ST
  • Dog Day Afternoon
    Directed By Sidney Lumet (1975), rated R, 124 minutes
    Mon, May 18, 2009 • 6:30 pm ST


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