On November 9th at 7:15 p.m. in the Russel Union theatre, I went to see the international film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The Cinema Arts series at GSU provided this film to the students, faculty, and staff for only $3. It was somewhat surprising to see that the audience was not very large or diverse. I believe this is because it is harder to attract students to films that are not very popular in the United States and these films are not very appealing to them.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly represents the French culture mostly because it was shot in France and the film is in French. The focus of the movie was more around the life and hardships of one man, but it still held a good representation of different elements of the culture in France and Europe.
I enjoyed the film a lot and would definitely like to attend another film like this. I learned from this event that there is not great deal of students that take advantage of the different films shown on campus. People could learn a great deal about different cultures, languages, and people if they were to watch these international films and attend some of the diversity events, but many students do not.
Compared to an American event, the audience is what was probably the most surprising. At an American film or movie being shown, it is likely that there will be a lot more people. International films have a smaller target audience than American films do at GSU.
It was interesting to watch a different kind of film than I am used to. Before going I was somewhat fearful because I had no idea what the movie would be about and if I would even understand it. After the event I was very happy that I attended and excited to learn information about a different culture and country other than my own.
The film was a success in itself and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I think that for international films to be more successful at GSU, they might want to make them free because many college students are not willing to pay money for different types of movies.
Below is a picture of the book that the movie is based on: