BMT Film Festival reels in classics

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8½ (1963)

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Director: Federico Fellini

Considered a world-classic, this is one of Fellini’s most autobiographical films, with Marcello Mastroianni playing a film director trying to make a film. Fellini’s filmmaking has been called flamboyant and symbolic. He was proud of the way he daily altered the script of any film to fit his imagination at the moment.

Seven Samurai (1954)

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Kurosawa blended American and Japanese film styles into some of world cinema’s greatest movies. This is one of the most entertaining and exciting movies ever made, if viewers adjust their mental pace to its patient movement. Kurosawa takes time to set up his premise of a village in feudal Japan that decides to hire samurai to protect it from raiding bandits. The seven warriors are a mixed lot, carefully drawn. Most memorable is Kikuchiyo, a comic sidekick, played by the magnificent Toshiro Mifune. A thoughtful study of warriors and peasants out of their element, this is also a thrilling action epic with touches of romance and wisdom.

Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Director: Walter Salles

Two friends embark on a dream motorcycle trip that spans 800 km from Buenos Aires through South America to Venezuela. Along the way, the two men face many setbacks and find their own destinies. This film, which is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution, won an Oscar and two BAFTA Awards in 2005, along with many other national and international awards.

Metropolis (1927)

When: 6 p.m. Aug. 8

Director: Fritz Lang

This is one of the masterpieces of German impressionism. In Lang’s view of the mad future, industry has run amok and people are just cogs of the machine. One indelible image of the film is a female robot designed to serve the masters.

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

When: 6 p.m. Aug. 9

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

Another biopic about a filmmaker, this Oscar-winner recounts Tornatore’s childhood and his friendship with the man who piqued his interest in films, a projectionist at Cinema Paradiso. This film won an Oscar and Golden Globe in 1990 and numerous other awards.

Not Me (2019)

When: Noon Aug. 10

Director: Mahmoud Salimi

The week will be capped off with screenings of many feature films, documentaries, short films, animated features and student films. Awards are at 6 p.m. then the evening will conclude with a screening of “Not Me,” the latest film from Lamar University film professor Mahmoud Salimi.

BMT Film Festival

When: Monday-Aug. 10

Where: Jefferson Theatre, 345 Fannin St.

Cost: $5 per day or $20 for a weekly pass; tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Beaumont Civic Center box office, 701 Main St.

Information: 409-838-3435, discoverbeaumont.com