Williams at the Movies

Fridays, July 12, 19, 26
6pm, Free to attend for members and non-members

This summer film series celebrates notable contributions by Williams College alumni to the feature film industry.  We hope to have some surprise guests along the way, and urge Club members to consider making an entire evening of it by enjoying a special prix fixe dinner available @ $35.00 pp++ (choose two courses) before and after the movie in the Bar & Grill.  

During the movie, enjoy complimentary popcorn. A concession stand will also be available for sales of beer, wine and soda, mixed nuts, cheese plates, crudités, sliders and warm pretzels starting at 5:30. 

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June 14 – On the Waterfront

Directed by Elia Kazan ’30, starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J Cobb, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint (her film debut).  This film focuses on union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen, while detailing extortion and racketeering on the waterfronts of Hoboken, New Jersey.  A critical & commercial success, “On the Waterfront” received 12 Academy Award nominations and won eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando), Best Supporting Actress (Saint), and Best Director. Leonard Bernstein’s soundtrack is his only original film score not adapted from a stage production.

June 21 – The Manchurian Candidate

Directed by John Frankenheimer ’51.  A political thriller about the son of a prominent U.S. political family who is brainwashed into being a sleeper agent for a communist conspiracy to subvert the American government.  This 1962 production was nominated for two Academy Awards and is considered a classic of the political thriller genre. It stars Lawrence Harvey, Frank Sinatra, and Angela Lansbury. 

June 28 – The Graduate

“The Graduate” is a coming of age film that branded a generation of Americans, and was based on the novel by Charles Webb ’61.  “The Graduate” was written in Charles’ senior year, & opens with: “Benjamin Braddock graduated from a small Eastern college on a day in June…”  The film was directed by Mike Nichols and stars Dustin Hoffman, Ann Bancroft, Katharine Ross, and William Daniels, with an iconic soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel.  It won the Academy Award for Best Director and was nominated in six other categories.

July 12 – Eight Men Out

“Eight Men Out”, written, directed & edited by John Sayles ’72, is a dramatization of a Major League Baseball scandal, in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series.  This film stars John Cusack, Michael Lerner, Christoper Lloyd, Charlie Sheen, and David Strathairn ‘70.  John Sayles will be attending the screening himself!

July 19 – My New Gun

Written and directed by Stacy Cochran ‘81, who will be attending the screening. My New Gun is a comedy about a woman whose husband gives her a gun, supposedly for “protection” in a dangerous world, which is clearly the last thing she needs. “‘My New Gun’ is a delectably wry slice of suburban life, imagined by Ms. Cochran and played with perfect bewilderment by the enormously appealing Ms. Lane.”- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Cochran’s feature film debut stars Diane Lane and James LeGros, and includes Tess Harper, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Stephen Collins. My New Gun premiered in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature.

July 26 – Elvis & Nixon

Directed by Liza Johnson ‘92.  The untold true story of the meeting between Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and President Richard Nixon.  The revealing, yet humorous moment, was immortalized in what is now the most requested photograph in the National Archives. Presley opposes the drug culture, the hippie movement, SDS, & Black Panthers.  He wants Nixon to swear him in as an undercover agent in the Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs, and after much ado, an Oval meeting is set up. Nixon is annoyed by what he sees as a PR stunt, but over the course of the meeting finds that they are both self-made men who came from humble beginnings, worked hard for their success, and feel unappreciated by an American culture they no longer understand.  Starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey. 

The series will be introduced by Professor Jerry Carlson ’72, a film historian and Chair of the Department of Media & Communication Arts at The City College of The City University of New York.