BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Kicking off its fall season with a free open house Aug. 17, Indiana University Cinema will present over 70 events throughout the semester. Events include masterworks from Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma and Steven Spielberg; restorations of cherished classics like “The Big Lebowski”; the return of staple series like New Americas Cinema, Art and a Movie and CINEkids; and plenty of can’t-miss new discoveries.
IU Cinema will be the go-to place for horror lovers with its Friday Night Frights films in September and October. Included in the lineup are:
Brian De Palma’s psychological shocker “Sisters.”
A 4K restoration of “The Wicker Man,” just in time for its 50th anniversary.
The Gore Girls Double Feature with the witchy new release “Trim Season” and the French Extremist “High Tension.”
A24’s skin-crawling new flick “Talk to Me.”
“Friday the 13th Part 2” screening on Friday, Oct. 13.
The infamous Japanese horror movie “Audition.”
David Cronenberg’s audacious “Videodrome,” followed by a live taping of the “Weird Studies” podcast.
“The Void,” a supernatural indie film that expertly wears its influences on its sleeve.
The Buckets of Blood Double Feature on Halloween featuring Nicolas Cage as Dracula in “Renfield” and the gonzo Korean revenge thriller “I Saw the Devil.”
“Charcoal,” a pitch-black comedic thriller from Brazil.
“Users,” a meditation from MacArthur genius and former IU Cinema guest Natalia Almada on the relationship between humans and technology.
Two events celebrating writer Ursula Parrott.
A best-selling author and consistent headline-grabber during her colorful life, Parrott was also a screenwriter for Hollywood. Her words gave Norma Shearer her only Academy Award and helped launch Jimmy Stewart as a lead actor. To dive into Parrott’s career, the cinema will welcome Marsha Gordon, a professor from North Carolina State University and the author of “Becoming the Ex-Wife: The Unconventional Life and Forgotten Writings of Ursula Parrott.” Gordon’s talk will be paired with a book signing and screening of Douglas Sirk’s “There’s Always Tomorrow,” starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck and adapted from a novel by Parrott.
Stanwyck will appear in another series this fall, Sirens & Spitfires: Liberated Ladies of Pre-Code Cinema. Before Hollywood began enforcing the Production Code from 1934 until the 1960s to avoid censorship from political and religious institutions, the movies were a playground for salacious stories and lurid vices.
Focusing on the self-possessed and ambitious women of this era, Sirens & Spitfires includes new 2K restorations of:
“Baby Face,” a scorching Stanwyck classic.
“Shanghai Express” starring legends Marlene Dietrich and Anna May Wong.
“Jewel Robbery,” an underrated and stylish romp with Kay Francis.
“Red-Headed Woman,” a comedy starring Jean Harlow.
A rare 35mm print of “Three on a Match,” a daring drama starring Bette Davis, Joan Blondell and Ann Dvorak.