Film Series

The Spirit of 1968

(Spring 2018)

In all respects, 1968 was a watershed year on both sides of the Atlantic. Social and political divisions exploded as a result of unresolved domestic conflicts and military actions abroad. Everywhere the boundaries of conventional behavior and social mores were tested. 

At the same time, and in the context of these conflicts, 1968 was a year of remarkable creativity in the arts. These developments went hand in hand with innovative experiments in life-styles and community living, an expanded awareness of environmental dangers, and new forms of democratic participation.

Like the other arts, cinema captured the spirit of the times. Perhaps no better focus for attention came from music, where live concerts became vehicles for exploring all the innovation that the spirit of '68 had to offer.

Screenings introduced by Anthony Monta, associate director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.


Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7 pm:


An Italian word for performance, spectacle, or play

Pronounced “speh-TAK-ō-lō” – think of the English word “spectacular”

ONCE UPON A TIME...there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues - they turned their lives into a play. Every summer for the past 50 years, their piazza becomes their stage and villagers from 6 to 90 play a part - the role of themselves.

"Spettacolo" is a documentary film directed by Jeff Malmberg & Chris Shellen.  Not Rated.  91 minutes.  Italian with subtitles.


Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7 pm:


Volker Schlöndorff is arguably one of the most important and internationally successful German directors. He is possessed with a pronounced fondness for bringing German and international literary classics to the screen.  Schlöndorff will screen Young Törless (1966) and will discuss German film in the sixties. Part of the conference 1968 in Europe and Latin America sponsored jointly by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies of the Keough School of Global Affairs.


At an Austrian boys’ boarding school in the early 1900s, shy, intelligent Törless observes the sadistic behavior of his fellow students, doing nothing to help a victimized classmate—until the torture goes too far. Adapted from Robert Musil’s acclaimed novel, Young Törless launched the New German Cinema movement and garnered the 1966 Cannes Film Festival International Critics’ Prize for first-time director Volker Schlöndorff.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7 pm:


Fifty years after the Summer of Love, Direct Cinema pioneer D. A. Pennebaker looks back on the Monterey International Pop Festival, which he captured in one of his greatest documentaries.

Monterey Pop Trailer - 4k Restoration from Janus Films on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7 pm:


Called the greatest rock film ever made, this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour.

All films will be shown in the THX-certified Browning Cinema at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on campus and will be preceded by a ten-minute introduction by a visiting film expert or member of the Notre Dame community. 

Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, $5 for ND/SMC faculty/staff, and $4 for students/children at 574-631-2800, or visit  Free tickets are available while supplies last at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies (1060 Nanovic Hall).

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