English Language Films: Meets  monthly for an impressive line-up of box-office hits and crowd-pleasers.

Foreign Language Films: Meets monthly to present other cultures, other stories, all proving we are more alike than we are different. All films have English subtitles.

Documentary Films:  Meets monthly to present “the real world” past and present through the lens of prize-winning documentarians.

Special Screenings: Occasional screenings in association with holidays and other special occasions.

Cinema Studies currently meets at the Lawrence Public Library.

Upcoming Events

Past Features

English Language Films


The Ides of March

Under The Tuscan Sun


Little Big Man

Some Like It Hot

The Big Easy

Hidden Figures

Stand by Me

The Music Man

Catch Me If You Can


White Nights

Green Book

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

The Muppet Christmas Carol


Thousand Pieces of Gold

Black Panther

Dirty Dancing

Black Narcissus

All About Eve



Yankee Doodle Dandy

River of No Return

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Best Years of Our Lives



Due to the pandemic Paul Lim delivered the following programs via his personal Zoom account

Vincente Minnelli’s Home from the Hill

Han Suyin’s Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Thou Shalt Not:  Sex, Sin & Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood

Baby Face with Barbara Stanwyck

Gilda featuring Rita Hayworth

Rob Marshall’s Chicago

From Here to Eternity

Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man (1962)

The Swimmer

Funny Face

Alamo Bay

Herman Hoffman’s Forbidden Planet

The Children’s Hour


The Pied Piper


Due to the pandemic Paul Lim delivered the following programs via his personal Zoom account

Mervyn LeRoy’s Quo Vadis

Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait

Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse

Nicholas Meyer’s The Day After

Hugh Hudson’s Chariots of Fire

John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate

Cole Porter’s Can-Can

Walt Disney’s Old Yeller


  • The Bucket List
  • The Flying Dutchman
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • The Learning Tree
  • Imitation of Life
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Pillow Talk
  • Compulsion
  • Hidden Figures
  • Running Brave
  • Shanghai Express
  • The Savage Innocents


  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • White Dog
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • The Yellow Rolls-Royce
  • Breaking Away
  • Atlantic City
  • Birdman of Alcatraz
  • Elmer Gantry
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Repulsion
  • Grumpy Old Men
  • Grumpier Old Men


  • Brian’s Song
  • Two for the Road
  • The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • Being There
  • The Railway Man
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Shane
  • The Shooting Party
  • The Innocents
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Out of Africa


  • The Pink Panther
  • Lost Battalion
  • 12 O’Clock High
  • Apollo 13
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • The Return of the Pink Panther
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • Doc Hollywood
  • The Blind Side
  • Charlie Wilson’s War
  • A Christmas Story


  • Erin Brockovich
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Mister Holland’s Opus
  • American Beauty
  • The Graduate
  • Rain Man
  • Confederate States of America (CSA)
  • Ride with the Devil
  • In Her Shoes
  • Picnic
  • Splendor in the Grass
  • Home Alone

Foreign Language Films



Bread and Tulips

The Rules of the Game: La regle du jue


Elevator to the Gallows

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Lovejoy: The Firefly Cage (Season 1, Episode 1)
and Smoke Your Nose (Season 3, Episode 9)

The Professor and the Madman

Hollywood Chinese

The Artist

Run Lola Run

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Spirited Away

Hope and Glory

Murder on the Orient Express

Slumdog Millionaire

The King’s Speech



Life of Pi

Pandora’s Box

The Nun


Waking Ned Devine

The Great War of Archimedes

Squadron 303

Russian Ark

Farewell My Concubine

Like Water for Chocolate

Joyeux Noel


Due to the pandemic Paul Lim delivered the following programs via his personal Zoom account

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Oedipus Rex

Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love

Roger Vadim’s And God Created Woman

Louis Malle’s Viva Maria!

Henri-Georges Clouzot’s La Verite

Two Women

Minari (Korean, 2020)

La Piscine (The Swimming Pool)

Antonioni’s Blow-Up

Hester Street

Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris

Bunuel’s Un Chien Andalou & Los Olvidados


The Seventh Seal

Manilla in the Claws of Light

The Emigrants

Due to the pandemic Paul Lim delivered the following programs via his personal Zoom account

Vittorio De Sica’s Shoeshine

Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita

Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus

Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless

Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour

Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall

Jean Renoir’s French Cancan (with special guest Lawrence-to-Broadway actor Dylan Paul Hilpman)

Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja


  • The Bad Sleep Well (Japan)
  • High and Low (Japan)
  • Seven Samurai (Japan)
  • Death in Venice (Italy)
  • The Merchant of Four Seasons (Germany)
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Germany)
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun (Germany)
  • The Trial (France)
  • Mephisto (Germany)
  • Let the Right One In (Sweden)
  • * Chinese double-bill: Broken Blossoms and The Toll of the Sea (silent films, USA)
  • Force Majeure (Sweden)


  • Purple Noon (France)
  • Rocco and His Brothers (Italy)
  • Leviathan (Russia)
  • Mr. Klein (France)
  • The Band’s Visit (Egypt/Israel)
  • The Leopard (Italy)
  • Shall We Dance? (Japan)
  • Smiles of a Summer Night (Sweden)
  • Tristana (Mexico)
  • The Tenant (France)
  • Indochine (France)
  • A Christmas Tale (France)


  • The Bridge (Germany)
  • The Lunchbox (India)
  • The 400 Blows (France)
  • Eat Drink Man Woman (Taiwan)
  • Forbidden Games (France)
  • Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico)
  • Cinema Paradiso (Italy)
  • Tampopo (Japan)
  • Fanny & Alexander (Sweden)
  • The Exterminating Angel (Spain)
  • Au Hasard Balthazar (France)
  • Babette’s Feast (France)


  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (France)
  • The House of Flying Daggers (China)
  • Teorema (Italy)
  • Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (Soviet Union)
  • Wings of Desire (Germany)
  • La Nuit de Varennes (France)
  • The Music Room (India)
  • Umberto D. (Italy)
  • Wild Strawberries (Sweden)
  • Diabolique (France)
  • Santa Sangre (Chile)
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Japan)


  • Sundays and Cybele (Greece)
  • The Conformist (Italy)
  • Knife in the Water (Poland)
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien (Mexico)
  • The Tin Drum (Germany)
  • The Wedding Banquet (Taiwan)
  • The Sheep Has Five Legs (France)
  • Never on Sunday (Greece)
  • The Burmese Harp (Japan)
  • My Life as a Dog (Sweden)
  • The Russian Ark (Russia)
  • Joyeux Noel (France, Germany, England)


  • A Man and a Woman (France)
  • Rashomon (Japan)
  • La Strada (Italy)
  • All About My Mother (Spain)
  • Closely Watched Trains (Czechoslovakia)
  • Z (Greece)
  • The Lives of Others (Germany)
  • The Hairdresser’s Husband (France)
  • Autumn Sonata (Sweden)
  • The Official Story (Argentina)
  • Black Orpheus (Brazil)

Documentary Films


The Settlers

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story


Winged Migration

I Am Not Your Negro

Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Hollywood Chinese


The Ornament of the World

Titanic’s Final Mystery


Birders: The Central Park Effect


Michael Wood’s The Story of China (Parts 5 & 6)

Tigers in Siberia and in Las Vegas (with Siegfried & Roy)

Sandra Day O’Connor: The First

Seven Worlds One Planet

The Haunted History of Halloween



Due to the pandemic Paul Lim delivered the following programs via his personal Zoom account

Talal Derki’s Of Fathers and Sons

John Caird’s Twin Spirits

Marlene Dietrich family footage plus “An Evening with Marlene Dietrich”

Tom Volf’s Maria by Callas

The Divine Bette Midler

Divine Madness: A National Treasure Chest


Leni Riefenstahl’s 1936 Olympia (Part 2: Festival of Beauty)

David Hockney: A Bigger Splash

Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

Human Flow

James Fox’s I Know What I Saw

Juvenile Justice


The Cats of Mirikitani

Life in the Doghouse

Thrilla in Manilla

Cinema’s Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood (at the Adams Alumni Center)

Due to the pandemic Paul Lim delivered the following programs via his personal Zoom account

Federico Fellini’s Roma

Kon Ichikawa’s Tokyo Olympiad

To Be of Service:  Veterans with PTSD and Their Service Dogs

White Light, Black Rain:  The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Bruce Brown’s Endless Summer

Oliver Stone’s Putin Interviews (Parts 3 & 4)

Forbidden City USA: Inside San Francisco’s Chinatown, and Behind the Burly Q

Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man


  • For All Mankind (USA)
  • When the Levees Broke (USA)
  • Triumph of the Will (Germany)
  • Food, Inc. and The Biggest Little Farm (USA)
  • Nanook of the North and Nanook Revisited (USA)

Special Screenings


60 Minutes Presentation: Paul R. Ehrlich


Due to the pandemic Paul Lim delivered the following programs via his personal Zoom account

Hollywood on China 1: The Bitter Tea of General Yen

Hollywood on China 2: Oil for the Lamps of China

Hollywood on China 3: The Good Earth

Hollywood on China 4: 55 Days at Peking

Hollywood on China 5: The Last Emperor

Insurrection Special: What Is Democracy?

Martin Luther King Day Special: All In: The Fight for Democracy

Valentine’s Day Special: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Before Roe v. Wade #1: Johnny Belinda

Before Roe v. Wade #2: Story of Women

Before Roe v. Wade #3: Blue Denim

Before Roe v. Wade #4: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Wartime Special:  Is Paris Burning?


Due to the pandemic Paul Lim delivered the following programs via his personal Zoom account


De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves

Rudolf Besier’s 1930 play The Barretts of Wimpole Street

Claude Lelouch’s A Man and a Woman

Julius Caesar, the Donmar Warehouse production directed by Phyllida Lloyd

Renee Tajima’s documentary “Who Killed Vincent Chin?”

The Mask of Fu Manchu with Boris Karloff

Charlie Chan at the Opera with Warner Oland

Mildred Pierce with Joan Crawford

Melville’s Billy Budd

D-Day Special:  The Longest Day

Father’s Day Special:  The Father

Bastille Day Special:  Les Miserables in Concert (2010)

National Senior Citizens Day: Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday

Woodstock Special:  The Three-Day Festival (Days 2 & 3 only)

9/11 Special:  Dvorak’s Requiem

Afghan Festival #1: The Breadwinner

Afghan Festival #2: The Kite Runner

Afghan Festival #3: The Patience Stone

Afghan Festival #4: Baran

District 9

Great Books: Film adaptation of The Little Prince

Drama Study: Film adaptation of A Moon for the Misbegotten

Great Books: Film adaptation of Capote’s A Christmas Memory

Auntie Mame


Due to the pandemic Paul Lim delivered the following programs via his personal Zoom account

Pre-Election Specials
The Last 4 Days of Mussolini (with Rod Steiger)
Franco Zeffirelli’s Tea with Mussolini
Shakespeare’s Richard III (with Ian McKellen)
Thanksgiving Special
Luis Bunuel’s The Exterminating Angel

Halloween Special

The Fly (1958 version, with Vincent Price)

Christmas Eve Special

Christmas in Yellowstone:  Winter in America’s National Park, and Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballet adaptation of The Tales of Beatrix Potter
Paul’s Pick (if there is a fifth Friday in the month)
Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool
Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator