Contemporary Classics at the Classic

Okanagan College’s popular “Classics at the Classic” returns next week for its fifth season after a two year hiatus, and with a contemporary twist.

In previous years, the series has largely showcased established classics and foreign-language films, but this season the series focuses on the works of three of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today: Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Terrence Malick.

The non-profit program is sponsored by Okanagan College and supported by the Salmar Association, and runs in conjunction with a 2nd year Film Criticism and Theory course taught by OC English Professor Tim Walters, who introduces each of the films. “My hope with this year’s selections,” says Dr. Walters, “is that rather than looking to the past, I have selected movies made by the most original and compelling filmmakers working at the very peaks of their powers today.

I was also keen to focus on directors whose films are immediately identifiable—that have highly distinctive styles and personalities—so we can watch them develop over the course of several films. Plus, these are all films that I love, and that I think will be tremendously exciting for my students and for the general public.”

The “Contemporary Classics at the Classic” screenings are open to the public ($5 admission) on Monday nights at the Salmar Classic theatre throughout the winter, beginning on Monday January 12th at 5pm with Wes Anderson’s 1998 cult classic Rushmore.


Full Schedule:

Monday January 12th @ 5pm: Rushmore (Wes Anderson)

Monday January 19th @ 5pm: Badlands (Terrence Malick)

Monday February 2nd @ 7:30pm: Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Monday February 16th @ 5pm: The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson)

Monday March 2nd @ 7:30pm: The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)

Monday March 9th @ 7:30pm: Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Monday March 16th @ 5pm: The Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson), 7:30pm: The Life Aquatic, with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson)

Monday March 23rd @ 5pm:  There Will be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Monday March 30th @ 7:30pm: Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)

Further information: Tim Walters (Email:



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