Medieval & Renaissance Film Series

Barnard College Medieval and Renaissance Film Series




Second Monday evening of every month, Milbank Hall, 7pm.

Free and open to all Barnard students.


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Fall 2013


Monday September 16: Margarethe von Trotta, Vision (2009). “Chronicles the true tale of Hildegard von Bingen, a nun who stands for another one of von Trotta’s strong female protagonists who fights the patriarchal society of the church by foregoing the established rules of conduct and, upon learning one of her fellow sisters is with child, asking for a different area for the nuns to call their own.” (WP)


Monday October 14: Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal (1957): “Set in Sweden during the Black Death, it tells of the journey of a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) and a game of chess he plays with the personification of Death (Bengt Ekerot), who has come to take his life.” (WP)


Monday November 11: Monty Python and the Holy Grail  (1975): “British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python […] and directed by Gilliam and Jones. […]It generally parodies the legend of King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail.” (WP)


Monday December 9: Eric Till, Luther (2003): “biopic about the life of Martin Luther (1483–1546) starring Joseph Fiennes.[…] The film covers Luther's life from his becoming a monk in 1505 to the Diet of Augsburg in 1530.” (WP)


Spring 2014


Monday February 10: George Sidney, Young Bess  (1953): “Technicolor biographical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer about the early life of Elizabeth I, from her turbulent childhood to the eve of her accession to the throne of England.” (WP)


Monday March 10: Lech Majewski, The Garden of Earthly Delights (2004): “Claudine is a British art scholar who has a terminal case of throat cancer. She is in Venice to give a lecture on the Bosch triptych from which the film gets its name. Claudine is accompanied in Venice by her lover, Chris, a nautical engineer. Together they explore the canals of Venice. Chris has brought his video camera, and the audience watches Claudine and Chris hang out, make love, swim, converse, rent an apartment, and recreate vignettes from the triptych.” (WP)


Monday April 14: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Julius Caesar (1953). “MGM film adaptation of the play by Shakespeare, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also wrote the uncredited screenplay, and produced by John Houseman. The original music score is by Miklós Rózsa. The film stars Marlon Brando as Mark Antony, James Mason as Brutus, John Gielgud as Cassius, Louis Calhern as Julius Caesar, Edmond O'Brien as Casca, Greer Garson as Calpurnia, and Deborah Kerr as Portia.” (WP)