Films That Matter to Me

Join Professor Fleeger as she introduces us to Films that Matter to Me, a video series in which members of the Ursinus community discuss the movies that have influenced our careers, shaped our thoughts, and changed our lives. The series is supported in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.



Films That Matter To Me

Born Yesterday 

Commentary by Domenick Scudera, Professor of Theater

Born Yesterday stars Judy Holliday as Billie Dawn, an unpolished former chorus girl with a talent for gin rummy who discovers her full potential will the help of a journalist (William Holden).

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The World, the Flesh, and the Devil 

Commentary by Lynne Edwards, Professor of Media and Communication Studies

The World, the Flesh, and the Devil stars Harry Belafonte as Ralph Burton, the last man on earth…that is, until he meets a white woman played by Inger Stevens. Shot on location in New York City and featuring empty streets that resemble our current pandemic crisis, the film confronts racism in a way that is rare for a science fiction film and incredibly relevant for the contemporary moment.

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Films That Matter To Me

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

Commentary by Margie Connor, Administrative Assistant in the Departments of History and English

In this episode, Margie Connor talks about the deeply personal reasons why One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest matters to her. Miloš Forman’s 1975 film about the conflict between the individualism of Randle McMurphy and the infamous Nurse Ratched’s rigid enforcement of institutional regulations stars Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, and Will Sampson and won five Academy Awards.


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Never Cry Wolf 

Commentary by Rich Wallace, Professor of Environmental Studies

Never Cry Wolf is Carroll Ballard’s 1983 film about a scientist who has been sent to study wolves but ends up learning more than he imagined about himself and his place in the world. With gorgeous cinematography by Hiro Narita and a compelling personal narrative, this adaptation of Farley Mowat’s nonfiction book remains remarkably relevant to the questions in the Ursinus Quest and to Professor Rich Wallace’s life and work.

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