Northern Lights

  • Thur Oct 16
    7:00
  • Fri Oct 17
    7:15
Northern Lights

introduced by Prof Jeff Cowie (ILR) on Oct 16

director:
John Hanson, Rob Nilsson
cast:
Robert Behling, Susan Lynch, Joe Spano

Winner of the Caméra d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, Northern Lights recounts a North Dakota farmer’s effort in 1915 to organize the Nonpartisan League, which championed cooperative farming efforts over out-of-state corporate interests and banks that were quick to threaten foreclosure. Shot in black and white, with a cast largely consisting of non-professional actors in conditions that included temperatures approaching 40 degrees below zero, the film is as much a history lesson as an exemplary piece of independent filmmaking. While the film “…makes some history of its own as a successful recent example of the movement toward a regional cinema in America,” the film “…also acts as a reminder of how much of American history stands in danger of being overlooked just because it happened outside the American mainstream.” (Roger Ebert)

Cosponsored with Science & Technology Studies

website: artistspublicdomain.org/films/northern-lights-1978

format
35mm bw
runtime
1 hour 35 minutes
release year/country
1978 USA