Movies are always owned by somebody somewhere. But there are many films that slip through the legal cracks for everyone to see. Each of these motion pictures has a fascinating life story, and in this session of the Cupertino Library’s Film Series, filmmaker and scholar Mark Larson explores the complicated history of films in the Public Domain. From timeless classics to YouTube masterpieces, a rich world of film art is waiting to be discovered.
Please join us in this celebration of an important and fascinating aspect of film history. A lively audience discussion follows every film.
The Southerner (1945) Director: Jean Renoir
Thursday, November 5th, 2015 6:30-9pm
Against mighty odds, a family in Texas attempts to break free from a life of sharecropping by working the land for themselves. One of the most beautiful American films by the great French film director Jean Renoir, this is a rare chance to see a recording of rural American history, told in a groundbreaking cinematic language.