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Block Cinema Debuts Winter 2011 Film Series

Director Roger Corman, art, and comedy and cult classics to be screened

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January 19, 2011 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- This winter Northwestern University’s Block Cinema celebrates independent film impresario Roger Corman’s influence on today’s major Hollywood directors and screens highlights from the vaults of Twentieth Century Fox. It also explores the world of fine art with three new acclaimed documentaries, and revisits two classic films depicting high society and romance in Georgian England.

From mid-January through March 11, Block Cinema will screen films at 7 p.m. every Thursday and Friday, and at 2 p.m. on two Saturdays in February, in the state-of-the-art 150-seat James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati Auditorium at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive.

The screenings are open to the public. Free parking is available in the lakefront lot directly south of the museum. For more information, visit http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu.

The Twentieth Century Fox Fridays series films are new 35 mm prints of well-known classics or underappreciated gems made during the studio’s heyday. In this series is “Cluny Brown” (Jan. 28), “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” (Feb. 4), “The Hustler” (Feb. 11), “Bigger Than Life” (Feb. 18) and “Wild River” (Feb. 25).

The Roger Corman Film School series celebrates the legacy of producer, writer, director and actor Roger Corman, who also has mentored a roster of outstanding American filmmakers. The series includes films produced by Corman and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Peter Bogdanovich, among others. The films include “Dementia 13” (Jan. 20, free), “Piranha” (Jan. 27), “Boxcar Bertha” (Feb. 3), “Suburbia” (Feb. 10, free),“Grand Theft Auto” (Feb. 17, free), “Caged Heat” (March 3, free) and “Targets” (March 10, free).

The Roger Corman series was curated by Samuel B. Prime and other students from the Film and Projection Society, a student-run film society at Northwestern, dedicated to fostering film culture on campus through film screenings, writing, and special events with scholars, critics and filmmakers.

The continuing Art on Screen series includes several documentaries focusing on important American and international art and artists of the 20th century. Among them are the new release “Marwencol” (Jan. 21), about “outsider” artist Mark Hogancamp; “Secret Museums” (March 4), recommended for “adults-only,” which uncovers hidden collections of erotic art; and the Chicago premiere of the award-winning “Waste Land” (March 11) about contemporary artist Vik Muniz’s work with an underprivileged community in Brazil.

The ongoing Revivals and Rediscoveries series features rare classic American and international films worthy of a second look. To complement the Block Museum’s winter 2011 exhibition, “Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England” (Jan. 14 through March 13), Block Cinema will present two free Saturday matinees in February set in Georgian England. “Kitty” (Feb. 12) is an Oscar-nominated film starring Paulette Goddard as a cockney lass catapulted into high society when the artist Thomas Gainsborough paints her portrait. Based on William Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair,” the 1935 film “Becky Sharp” (Feb. 26), is a panoramic portrait of mid-19th century English society, in stunning, early Technicolor, starring Miriam Hopkins.

Unless otherwise noted, general admission to Block Cinema screenings is $6 for the general public or $4 for Block Museum members, Northwestern faculty, staff and students, other students with valid school IDs and senior citizens aged 65 and older. Season passes are $20. Tickets are available one hour before show time. For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or visit the Block Cinema website at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema.