Film Series

German/Austrian Film Festival

Mondays, September 17 through October 1

Images Cinema

This year's German/Austrian Film Festival revolves around the theme "Power / Frauen: Women and Power." All films will be introduced by faculty from the German Department of the Williams College. Admission is free and open to all.


Hannah Arendt

Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Klaus Pohl, Nicolas Woodeson, Janet McTeer

The sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta for her brilliant new biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt's reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker—controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils—introduced her now-famous concept of the "Banality of Evil." Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema. An official selection at the Toronto International and New York Jewish Film Festivals, Hannah Arendt sparks intense discussion wherever it is seen.

  • Director: Margarethe von Trotta
  • Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“An outstanding cinematic portrait .... Extremely vivid and thrilling in its every minute, deeply moving in its seriousness and suitably unsettling.”

– Der Spiegel

Sponsored by the Williams College Department of German and Russian, the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

Special Showing


Friday, Oct. 12, Saturday, Oct. 13 & Sunday, Oct. 14

Images Cinema

For one weekend only, to mark its 40th anniversary, John Carpenter's horror classic returns to theaters, digitally restored and remastered. The Friday and Saturday shows are at 11pm; the Sunday show is at 8pm.



Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles, Donald Pleasence, Nick Castle

Three shows only!
Digitally restored and remastered!

Inspiring countless nightmares and even more imitations, John Carpenter’s Halloween has been terrifying audiences ever since its original release in 1978. Now—to mark its 40th anniversary and on the eve of the latest sequel/reboot/whatever—this horror classic can be seen once again as it should be: late at night, in a theater, in the dark.

On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers murdered his teenaged sister. Fifteen years later, he escapes from the asylum and returns home, where he begins looking for his next victims. Soon, as the night grows darker, cries of “Trick or treat” will be drowned out by shrieks of terror, as Michael stalks a group of unsuspecting babysitters and their boyfriends. In the end, only Jamie Lee Curtis’ iconic Final Girl, Laurie Strode, remains, fighting for her life against one of the movies' greatest boogeymen.

  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1 Hour 31 minutes
  • Genre: Horror

“Halloween is a visceral experience — we aren't seeing the movie, we're having it happen to us. It's frightening. Maybe you don't like movies that are really scary: Then don't see this one. ”

– Roger Ebert

Special Showing

Milford Graves Full Mantis

Saturday, October 20, 4:30pm

Special screening of Milford Graves Full Mantis with director Jake Meginsky and producer George Myer.

Williams College students free with ID


Milford Graves Full Mantis

Starring: Milford Graves

MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS is the first ever feature-length portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity.

Graves has performed internationally since 1964, both as a soloist and in ensembles with such legends as Albert Ayler, Giuseppi Logan and Sonny Sharrock. He is a founding pioneer of avant-garde jazz, and he remains one of the most influential living figures in the evolution of the form.

The film draws the viewer through the artist’s lush garden and ornate home, into the martial arts dojo in his backyard and the laboratory in his basement - all of this just blocks from where he grew up in the housing projects of South Jamaica, Queens.

Graves tells stories of discovery, struggle and survival, ruminates on the essence of 'swing,' activates electronic stethoscopes in his basement lab to process the sound of his heart, and travels to Japan where he performs at a school for children with autism, igniting the student body into an ecstatic display of spontaneous collective energy.

Oscillating from present to past and weaving intimate glimpses of the artist’s complex cosmology with blistering performances from around the globe, MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS is cinema full of fluidity, polyrhythm and intensity, embodying the essence of Graves’ music itself.

  • Director: Jake Meginsky, Neil Young
  • Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“Form and content collide in inspiring ways in this documentary about Milford Graves — avant-garde jazz percussionist, educator, gardener, martial artist, and cardiovascular researcher. Milford Graves Full Mantis is a jazz movie in every sense of the word.”

– Village Voice

Co-sponsored by Williams College Music Department.

Special Showing

The Chinese Exclusion Act

Sunday, October 28 at 8pm

Images Cinema

This free screening will be introduced by Williams College Professor Sam Crane, Chair of Asian Studies. Following the screening, director Li-Shin Yu will join Professor Scott Wong of the Williams History Department for an on-stage Q&A.


The Chinese Exclusion Act

On May 6th, 1882, on the eve of the greatest wave of immigration in American history, President Chester A. Arthur signed into law a unique piece of federal legislation. Called the Chinese Exclusion Act, it singled out as never before a specific race and nationality for exclusion, making it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become citizens of the United States.

A deeply American story about immigration and national identity, civil rights and human justice; about how we define who can be an American and what being an American means, the film examines the economic, cultural, social, legal, racial and political dimensions of the law, delving into the forces and events that gave rise to it and the effect it had—and continues to have—on American culture and identity.

The Chinese Exclusion Act explores in riveting detail this little known, yet deeply resonant and revealing episode in American history—one that sheds enormous light on key aspects of the history of American civil liberties, immigration and culture during one of the most formative periods of U.S. history.

  • Director: Ric Burns, Li-Shin Yu
  • Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1 hour 51 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“Tracing the story of Chinese immigration from 1840 to the present, it provides a well-documented but not well-known alternate history — a corrective to the national myth of the melting pot.”

– New York Times

Sponsored by the Williams College Departments of Asian Studies and American Studies