Tuesday, November 28, 2000 Volume 66, Issue 69



MFAH screens a great list of films in December

By Rattaya Nimibutr
Daily Cougar Staff

Museum of Fine Arts of Houston is presenting an interesting list of films for December. The films listed below will all be screened in the Brown Auditorium.

Starting off the month is Close Encounters of the Third Kind as part of the museum's presentation of Sounds Like A Winner: Revivals. The film will be screened Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

This will be director Steven Spielberg's cut version three years after its first premiere. Filmed in 1980 and running 132 minutes, the film focuses on a man (Richard Dreyfuss) who leads a group to a universal meeting place with aliens.

On Dec. 2 and 3, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie) will be screened at 7 p.m.

The French subtitled film is directed by Luis Buñuel in 1972, running 100 minutes. The film focuses on a group of dinner-party guests who cannot eat due to constant interruptions.

As part of the Houston Premiere Songcatcher will be screened Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. This film won an award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance at last year's Sundance Film Festival.

Directed last year by Maggie Greenwald, the film stars Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds) as Dr. Lily Penleric, a brilliant music professor in the 1900s. This screening is free and it is being prereleased. The film runs 109 minutes.

Continuing with the Revivals presentation, the museum will screen Raging Bull on Dec. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Martin Scorsese in 1980, the film is a biography of middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta, or the "Bronx Bull," portrayed by Robert De Niro. The film is presented as a 20th Anniversary 35 mm print.

On Dec. 10 the movie Five Easy Pieces, directed in 1970 by Bob Rafelson, will be shown. The film stars Jack Nicholson as Robert Dupea, a classical pianist disenchanted with his bourgeois background. The film runs 96 minutes and will be shown at 7:30 p.m.

The Boat (Das Boot) will be screened Dec. 16, containing director Wolfgang Petersen's cut. Filmed in 1981, the film is in German and will be subtitled, running 210 minutes.

The Boat is a docudrama depicting World War II from a German submarine. This director's cut contains more than an hour of additional footage.

The last film being presented is Mad Max, which will be screened Dec. 17. From Australia, the film is directed by George Miller in 1979.

This futuristic film stars Mel Gibson as Max, an enthusiastic young cop who ponders resigning after a tragic police car chase involving a motorcycle. The film runs 93 minutes.

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