Department of History Sponsored Film Series:

Testaments of Youth: Childhood, Adolescence, and Cinema, 1955-1968

The economic recover of the post-war years brought a global baby boom and a renewed set of investments in the young. The result was a renegotiation of relations between parents and children and the emergence of terrifying new social type, the "teenager.” Generations clash in this series of films devoted to the problems and promise of youth in the post-war era.


Pather Panchali (1955)
Dir. Satyajit Ray
125 mins
Young Apu’s family sinks into poverty as his father leaves their rural Bengali village to secure better paid work in the city. Emotional bonds and loyalties of family persist through devastating hardship and loss.
Wildcat Theater, Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 pm 




The 400 Blows (1959)
dir. Francois Truffaut
99 mins
Semi-autobiographical account of childhood in the early years of France's post-war economic recovery. Egotistical parents, pedantic schoolmasters, and a harsh justice system find young Antoine yearning for room to breathe. 
Wildcat Theater, Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 pm 




Il Posto (1961)

dir. Ermanno Olmi
93 mins
Eager to secure financial stability, young Dominico's family invests their hopes in his success securing a cradle-to-grave position in one of Italy's large post-war firms. Here romantic longing meets with a soul-deadening bureaucracy. 
Wildcat Theater, Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 pm 



Good Morning  (1959)
dir. Yasujiro Ozu
94 mins
Life in the suburbs of Tokyo brings new consumer temptations to brothers Minoru and Isamu who mount a quiet revolt against their parents' refusal to buy a television set.
Wildcat Theater, Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 pm 




Masculin/Feminin (1966)
dir. Jean-Luc Godard
103 mins
The "Children of Marx and Coca-Cola" confusedly navigate their way through a labyrinth of consumerist culture, nascent political commitments, and youthful relationships in Jean-Luc Godard's prescient analysis of the generation that was about bring turmoil to the streets of Paris.
Wildcat Theater, Wednesday, November 30, 7:00 pm  



Heißer Sommer (Hot Summer) (1968)
dir. Joachim Hasler
91 mins
Things heat up in this Cold War-era musical as bikini-clad girls discover a group of boys in a neighboring pension at an East German seaside resort. Much singing and writhing of teenaged bodies ensues in this Soviet-Bloc response to the beach party movies of the decadent West. 
Wildcat Theater, Wednesday, December  7, 7:00 pm



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