World Film Forum Fall 2015 - International Cult Classics

The Fall 2015 World Film forum brings you International Cult Classics from Hong Kong, former East Germany, and Mexico.

The World Film Forum presentations will be held free of charge at the Lafayette Theater, located at 600 Main Street in Lafayette, Indiana. Doors open to the public for free popcorn and cash bar at 6:30. A brief introduction to each film will be given at 7 pm; presenters will lead audience discussion afterwards. Films are shown with English subtitles.

Tuesday, November 3 – A Chinese Ghost Story directed by Cheng Xiaodong

1987, Hong Kong, action/comedy/romance/horror, 98 minutes. Presenter: Hongjian Wang, Assistant Professor of Chinese

“A Chinese Ghost Story” is adapted from a famous pre-modern short story. Blurring the historical background, it highlights the unusual love between a timid debt collector and a beautiful ghost that overcomes the evil spirits. The combination of action with comedy, romance, horror and special effects won the film overnight popularity in HK and several Asian countries. Although it was unable to enter mainland China through official channels until 2011, it has made countless fans among young mainland Chinese audiences first through private screening studios and video cassettes, and then via pirated DVDs and the Internet. It has become one of the most prominent cult classics in China.

Tuesday, November 10 – The Legend of Paul and Paula directed by Heiner Carow

1973, GDR, tragicomedy, 106 minutes. Presenter: Jen William, Professor of German.

“The Legend of Paul and Paula,” a production of the East German DEFA film studio, was released in 1973 only after Socialist Unity Party leader Erich Honecker granted it special permission. While remaining optimistic about socialism's prospects overall, the film's storyline surrounding the romance of a blue-collar worker and an East German bureaucrat contained a subtle but clear critique of the repressive society. The soundtrack features the East German rock band The Puhdys, whose members were influenced greatly by Western pop music and whose popularity soared after the film's release. This cult classic is still screened in Germany today and is cherished by film buffs and critics alike.

Tuesday, November 17 – Santo “El enmascarado de plata” contra la invasión de los marcianos [Santo against the Martians] directed by Alfredo B. Crevenna

1967, Mexico, science-fiction, 92 minutes. Presenter: Marcos Wasem, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish.

In the height of cold war, humanity is about to destroy itself and the Solar System with the atomic bomb. Martians decide to intervene, and invade Earth. They choose Mexico as their basis for the operation. But, to achieve their goal, they must annihilate the Mexican population. Only Santo, the most famous Mexican wrestler, can defeat the Martians and save humanity. “Santo against the Martians” is the best example of Mexican wrestling cinema, and also a commentary on the place of Mexico during the cold war.

This community film and discussion forum is sponsored by the School of Languages and Cultures and the Interdisciplinary Program in Film and Video Studies.

For further information, please email World Film Forum coordinator, Dr. Clotilde Landais (

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