Some movies are more difficult than others; Wild Strawberries -- as well as just about any Ingmar Bergman flick -- definitely qualifies. And though this complex film, in which an elderly widower re-evaluates his life through a series of hitchhiker encounters, ends well, it's also a kind of unfolding psychoanalysis that's obviously deeper than its plot. It's no wonder that people sometimes need a little help understanding it. That's the point of the Boedecker Theater's How to Watch a Film series, which combines screenings with facilitated talk-backs to help you figure out what you might have initially missed. In a time when the ability to stream movies is constantly at our finger-tips, this is a rare opportunity.
"We have to offer our audiences something that gives more depth to the film experience," Boedecker manager Glenn Webb says. "People enjoy a chance to interact with the films, so instead of organizing another series around one director or actor in the new year, we thought we’d give people a basic starter course in film literacy."
Tonight, see Wild Strawberries as you’ve never seen it before at the Boe, located at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder; film historian and media consultant Cynthia Stevens will offer the insights. Films slated to get the treatment later in January include Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married next Sunday and Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss on January 29; all presentations are at 7 p.m. Admission ranges from $7 to $10; for more information, visit http://thedairy.org or call 303-440-7826.
Wed., Jan. 4, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Jan. 4. Continues through Jan. 29, 2012