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This category of media is reserved for classic films related to languages we teach. These films elucidate special aspects of filmmaking, history and culture.

LC 1: CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS. Criterion Collection Production. At a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia during WWII, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity while living a life under the radar. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, Milos embarks on a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure within his sleepy, backwater depot. Wry and tender, Academy Award-winning, and universally touching, the film is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech new wave. B&W. 1 hr. 33 min. Czech with optional English subtitles. DVD.

LC 2: APOCALYPTO. Set in the Mayan civilization, when a man's idyllic presence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, he is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life. Color. 2 hr. 18 min. Original Mayan Language with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles. DVD. Special Features include: “Becoming Mayan” featurette; deleted scenes with commentary; audio commentary.

LC 3: ONLY THE STRONG. Ex-Special Forces soldier Louis Stevens returns to Miami to find his former high school overrun by drugs and violence. A master of the Brazilian martial art of capoeira, Stevens pledges to straighten out a dozen of the school's worst students by teaching them this demanding and highly disciplined fighting style. Slowly, his program begins to work, giving the students new hope and purpose. But the local drug lord, himself a martial arts expert, vows to stop Stevens' positive influence. Now Stevens must fight to save his own life, as well as the lives of his rebellious young students. 1993. Color. 1 hr. 35 min. English/Spanish with optional English and Spanish subtitles. DVD.

LC 4: DR. STRANGELOVE. Stanley Kubrick’s celebrated black comedy classic about an “accidental” nuclear attack was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1964. Convinced the commies are polluting America’s “precious bodily fluids,” a crazed General (Sterling Hayden) orders a surprise nuclear air strike on the USSR. The U.S. President (Peter Sellers) attempts to convince the drunken Soviet premier that the attack is only a silly mistake; all the while the President’s advisor confirms the existence of the dreaded Doomsday Machine – a new secret Soviet retaliatory device guaranteed to end the human race once and for all! Special features include: The Art of Stanley Kubrick from Short Films to Strangelove, Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove, original split-screen interview with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott. 1964. B&W. 1 hr. 33 min. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese audio, with English, French Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai subtitles. DVD.