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Mather House Pottery Class

Gazette Events - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 19:00
Mather Tower Basement
Tue., Sep. 30, 2014, 7 – 9 p.m.

Mather House Pottery class begins Sept. 25. Learn how to work with clay on the pottery wheel and by hand. Class fee of $55 for Mather students/$65 non-residents include clay, glazes, firing, and instruction. Contact the instructor directly for inquiries or to reserve a space.

Gazette Classification: Classes/Workshops
Organization/Sponsor: Mather House
Directed By: Stephanie Young
Cost: $55 Mather residents/$65 non-residents
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Providence

Gazette Events - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 19:00
Harvard Film Archive
Mon., June 30, 2014, 7 – 8:50 p.m.



Resnais’ first film in English, this portrait of a writer’s last days, both autumnal and nightmarish, finds him surrounded by his family but also retreating into his imagination, with his final work reflecting his ambivalence towards his children and the women in his life. As in so much of Resnais’ work, the borders between history, memory and fantasy in Providence prove to be more permeable than solid, which Resnais brilliantly represents by giving the film’s locations a geographic fluidity – the spaces onscreen seem to oscillate between the real and the imaginary. The primary setting is an English country house that seems as haunted as the resort in Last Year at Marienbad.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Alain Resnais
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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My American Uncle

Gazette Events - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 19:00
Harvard Film Archive
Sun., June 29, 2014, 7 – 9:05 p.m.



Tracing three disparate characters as they navigate their personal and professional lives, My American Uncle defies traditional narrative structure by introducing a fourth figure, a behavioral scientist whose theories on human nature act as commentaries on the actions of the protagonists. The result is a fusion of fiction and documentary techniques, complicated by the film’s complex structure, with its three separate storylines, shifts back and forth in time and extensive voiceover narrative. Nowhere is the film more complex, however, than in its relationship to its three protagonists, who at first appear to be presented as case studies, a relationship Resnais ingeniously subverts by contrasting their emotional pain and fear with the coldly analytical voiceover of their “motivations” as explained by the scientist.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Alain Resnais
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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Je t'aime, Je t'aime

Gazette Events - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 17:00
Harvard Film Archive
Sun., June 29, 2014, 5 – 6:30 p.m.



In Resnais’ only science fiction film, a suicidal man is recruited by a team of scientists to test their time machine, which has previously only been tried on mice. A malfunction in the machine traps him in his past, where he is forced to relive fragmentary pieces of his memories in no discernible order. From the disorienting imagery, a narrative revolving around a girlfriend whose death he may or may not have caused gradually emerges. A poetic exploration of the role of destiny, memory and time, Je t’aime explores the instinct of one man to cling to his past even as he watches it dissolve.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Alain Resnais
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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Je t'aime, Je t'aime

Gazette Events - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 21:30
Harvard Film Archive
Sat., June 28, 2014, 9:30 – 11 p.m.



In Resnais’ only science fiction film, a suicidal man is recruited by a team of scientists to test their time machine, which has previously only been tried on mice. A malfunction in the machine traps him in his past, where he is forced to relive fragmentary pieces of his memories in no discernible order. From the disorienting imagery, a narrative revolving around a girlfriend whose death he may or may not have caused gradually emerges. A poetic exploration of the role of destiny, memory and time, Je t’aime explores the instinct of one man to cling to his past even as he watches it dissolve.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Alain Resnais
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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Muriel, or the Time of Return

Gazette Events - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 19:00
Harvard Film Archive
Sat., June 28, 2014, 7 – 8:55 p.m.



Muriel marks a return for Resnais to themes from earlier films – the unreliability of memory and, as in Hiroshima mon amour, the juxtaposition of the horrors of war, in this case torture, with a romantic relationship. As the title suggests, Muriel is deeply concerned with the past, focusing on characters who threaten to be consumed by their histories, which have indelibly shaped their lives and left them incapable of functioning in the present. Bernard, recently returned from the Algerian war, is haunted by his experiences there, while his stepmother returns to an old lover, less to reunite with him than to obsessively examine their past love. One of Resnais’ most politically engaged films, Muriel explores the devastating aftermath of war and the lasting trauma it inflicts.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Alain Resnais
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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Wild Grass

Gazette Events - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 21:00
Harvard Film Archive
Fri., June 27, 2014, 9 – 10:45 p.m.



After filming screenplays by such writers as Marguerite Duras, Alain Robbe-Grillet and Jorge Semprun, Resnais brings a novel to the screen for the first time with this tale of a man and a woman thrown together by coincidence. Wild Grass joins Last Year at Marienbad, Muriel and Resnais’ Alan Ayckbourn adaptations in his canon of works about ambiguous relationships whose status and whose very existence seems to oscillate before our eyes, as the film blends comedy, romance and thriller. The mute presence of a movie theater and the eruption on the soundtrack of the 20th Century Fox fanfare remind us of Resnais’ belief in cinema as the perfect medium for what Proust called “the heart’s intermittences.”

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Alain Resnais
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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Last Year at Marienbad

Gazette Events - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 19:00
Harvard Film Archive
Fri., June 27, 2014, 7 – 8:35 p.m.



Resnais’ groundbreaking collaboration with Alain Robbe-Grillet is a hypnotic and haunting exploration of the subjectivity and mutability of memory, itself a dominant theme in Resnais’ work. The film’s dreamlike structure circles back on itself repeatedly, with the repetition of words and images evoking the intimacy and unreliability of memory as a man, known only as X, pursues a woman, A, through an upscale resort, insisting that they had an affair the year before and arranged to meet again, while she claims no memory of him. Resisting any easy interpretations, Resnais encourages uncertainty, dissolving the distinction between reality and fantasy, memory and fiction, while A and X, frozen in an endless loop, explore the infinite variations of their enigmatic interactions.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Alain Resnais
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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Crimson Toastmasters Meeting

Gazette Events - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:00
Meeting locations change bi-weekly; for specific room locations visit crimsontoastmasters.fas.harvard.edu….
Tue., June 24, 2014, 1 p.m.



Please feel free to join us to observe the flow of the meeting before committing to joining.

All Harvard staff, faculty, and graduate students are welcome to attend our bi-weekly meetings. For questions in regard to a specific meeting contact us at crimsontoastmasters@googlegroups.com.

Gazette Classification: Support/Social
Organization/Sponsor: Toastmasters International
Cost: There is no cost to attend meetings. If you choose to join, initial dues are pro-rated based start date. Bi-annual dues are $43.50 and cover the cost of the Toastmasters International Magazine and the Competent Communicator/Leadership Manuals.
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The Woman of the Rumor

Gazette Events - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:00
Harvard Film Archive
Mon., June 23, 2014, 7 – 8:25 p.m.



Released the same year as both Sansho and Crucified Lovers, the lesser known Woman of the Rumor uses melodrama with equal power and invention, once again starring Kinuyo Tanaka who is simply dazzling as a Kyoto madame trying to bring up her daughter who falls for a young doctor who is also her mother’s lover. Mizoguchi brilliantly intertwines the perspectives of mother and daughter to make vividly real the quotidian rhythms of the modern-day geisha house. Mizoguchi’s passionate and famously obsessive attention to architecture and set design is expressed in the intricate and expressive okiya, or boarding house for geisha, where much of the film takes place.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Kenji Mizoguchi
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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The War is Over

Gazette Events - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 19:00
Harvard Film Archive
Sun., June 22, 2014, 7 – 9 p.m.



Yves Montand plays Diego, an aging Spanish revolutionary based in Paris who begins to question his beliefs, his group’s tactics and their effectiveness in Resnais’ landmark film. Using flashforwards, fantasies and imaginings to illustrate the constant unease of Diego’s mind, Resnais persuasively crafts the tale of one man’s commitment to a cause and the effect years of duplicity and mistrust have had on his psyche and his relationships. Montand’s world-weary charm lends a touching poignancy to his portrayal of Diego as an eternal outsider, a man without a country—or a fixed identity.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Alain Resnais
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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The Love of Sumako, the Actress

Gazette Events - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 17:00
Harvard Film Archive
Sun., June 22, 2014, 5 – 6:35 p.m.



In response to the call by the US Occupation heads for films exploring democratic ideals, Mizoguchi offered a spirited bio-pic of the pioneering actress Sumako Matsui, famous for her championing of Western style acting techniques and the scandalous love affair that troubled her career. The trio of Mizoguchi, Tanaka and Yoda once again sculpted the figure of a fascinating and strong-willed woman struggling to make her voice heard yet pulled by dark fate and doomed love. The Love of Sumako, the Actress nevertheless sounds a note of cautious optimism, by declaring a certain victory won by the determined actresses whose modern approach to acting Tanaka literally and so powerfully embodies.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Kenji Mizoguchi
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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The Famous Sword Bijomaru

Gazette Events - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 21:00
Harvard Film Archive
Sat., June 21, 2014, 9 – 10:05 p.m.



A fascinating propaganda piece made at the very end of the Second World War, The Famous Sword Bijomaru is a supernatural fantasy about swordsmiths whose devotion to the Emperor gives a magical gleam and power to their weapons. The high point of Mizoguchi’s short film is an extended sword fight between the vengeful spirit of an aristocratic woman and the samurai who betrayed her.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Kenji Mizoguchi
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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Princess Yang Kwei-fei

Gazette Events - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 19:00
Harvard Film Archive
Sat., June 21, 2014, 7 – 8:40 p.m.



This fascinating co-production between the Japanese studio Daiei and the Shaw Brothers, the fabled producers based in Hong Kong, had its origins in Daiei’s hope for a bigger international audience and the Shaw Brothers’ hopes of benefitting from the cultural cachet of Mizoguchi’s name. Yet upon its completion, Princess Yang Kwei-fei was considered a failure, with the Chinese setting alienating Mizoguchi’s followers in Japan and abroad, and the film’s emphasis on poetry over spectacle disappointing the Shaw Brothers. While it falls short of the sublimity of much of Mizoguchi’s previous work, Princess Yang Kwei-fei has nevertheless come to be championed by critics and audiences for its exquisitely moving tale of the ill-fated love affair between the 8th century emperor Xuanzong and the beautiful serving girl he makes his concubine.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Kenji Mizoguchi
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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Victory of Women

Gazette Events - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 21:00
Harvard Film Archive
Fri., June 20, 2014, 9 – 10:25 p.m.

Mizoguchi’s most politically outspoken film is clearly branded as a product of the US occupation by its insistent, ardent call for democratic reform and, most especially, for the empowerment of women. Mizoguchi’s only work with Ozu screenwriter Kogo Noda, Victory of Women features Kinuyo Tanaka as the embodiment of the possible new order, a lawyer fighting doggedly for a more just legal system and trying to rid Japan of its draconian penal system.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Kenji Mizoguchi
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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Je t'aime, Je t'aime

Gazette Events - Fri, 06/20/2014 - 19:00
Harvard Film Archive
Fri., June 20, 2014, 7 – 8:30 p.m.



In Resnais’ only science fiction film, a suicidal man is recruited by a team of scientists to test their time machine, which has previously only been tried on mice. A malfunction in the machine traps him in his past, where he is forced to relive fragmentary pieces of his memories in no discernible order. From the disorienting imagery, a narrative revolving around a girlfriend whose death he may or may not have caused gradually emerges. A poetic exploration of the role of destiny, memory and time, Je t’aime explores the instinct of one man to cling to his past even as he watches it dissolve.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Alain Resnais
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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Science in the News Lecture: Small Brains, Big Ideas: The Value of Model Organisms to Science

Gazette Events - Wed, 06/18/2014 - 19:00
Pfizer Lecture Hall (B23), Malinckrodt Chemistry Lab
Wed., June 18, 2014, 7 – 9 p.m.



Come hear a Ph.D. student give an engaging and accessible lecture on his or her cutting-edge research. No prior knowledge necessary! Free refreshments!

Gazette Classification: Lecture, Science
Organization/Sponsor: Science in the News
Speaker(s): Yuly Fuentes-Medel
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Systems Biology of Human Disease Conference

Gazette Events - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 00:00
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115
Tue., June 17 – Thu., June 19, 2014

Gazette Classification: Conferences, Health Sciences, Science
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Medical School, Department of Systems Biology
Speaker(s): For a list of speakers, visit the conference website
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Tales of the Taira Clan

Gazette Events - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 19:00
Harvard Film Archive
Mon., June 16, 2014, 7 – 8:50 p.m.



This historical epic remains overshadowed by Mizoguchi’s other late films. While many of those are masterpieces of female suffering, Tales of the Taira Clan is a samurai film, which follows the rise of a warrior during a 12th-century power struggle between the imperial court and a powerful monastic order. In fact, Mizoguchi imbues the young man’s struggle with something of the emotional power of his great melodramas. The film’s burnished colors exist in ironic contrast to the depiction of medieval Kyoto as a brutal and frenzied place. More recently, critics have pointed to the film’s portrait of a Japan striving to turn from chaos, elitism and corruption to peace and democracy.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Kenji Mizoguchi
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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The Crucified Lovers

Gazette Events - Sun, 06/15/2014 - 19:00
Harvard Film Archive
Sun., June 15, 2014, 7 – 8:40 p.m.



Treated like chattel by her wealthy, loutish merchant husband, a young woman from an impoverished family falls in love with one of his apprentices, and their desperate affair provides a fascinating contrast with the similarly ill-fated lovers in Mizoguchi’s subsequent work, Princess Yang Kwei Fei. Where that film presents a seemingly Buddhist detachment towards the impermanence of human happiness, The Crucified Lovers maintains an intensity that has been compared to film noir. The film remains one of Mizoguchi’s lesser-known masterpieces in this country, but following its presentation at Cannes, The Crucified Lovers was immediately championed by such French observers as Jean-Luc Godard and Georges Sadoul.

Gazette Classification: Film
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film Archive
Directed By: Kenji Mizoguchi
Cost: $9, $7 non-Harvard students, seniors, Harvard faculty and staff. Free for Harvard students.
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