In this series, the College explores how the movies have portrayed poverty at home and abroad with screenings of five films. Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader film reviewer, will introduce the series on March 8 at 6:30. Admission to all films is free and the public is welcome.
All films will be shown in Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
John Ford’s bold, beautiful, poignant portrayal of the journey of the Joad family from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl to lives as migrant workers in California. One of the first 25 films selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Starring Henry Fonda.
Monday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)
This early film by Sydney Pollack presents the searing story of disparate people desperate to win a Depression-era dance marathon and the smarmy emcee who urges them on to “victory.” Starring Jane Fonda and Michael Sarrazin.
Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.
Gangs of New York (2002)
Martin Scorsese’s masterful portrait of the Five Points district of New York in the 19th century, where Irish immigrants struggled for acceptance and survival. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Wednesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
While seeking a new life in Alaska,Wendy Carroll is forced to confront her increasingly dire financial situation. Directed by Kelly Reichardt, the film had its world premier at the Cannes Film Festival. Starring Michelle Williams.
Monday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
The Oscar-winning British film directed by Danny Boyle presents the story of a young man from the streets of Mumbai who seeks his fortune on the local version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.