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Film festival unspools at Penn State Fayette [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 13, 2013


The 2013 Fayette Film Festival features an eclectic group of films individually selected and hosted by Penn State faculty and staff to be shown Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout October.

All movies start at 6 p.m. in Swimmer Hall, Williams Building, Penn State the Eberly Campus. Admission is free.

The featured films are:

- Tuesday: "Kwaidan" (1964) hosted by Dr. Donald Liddick. Four Japanese ghost stories, not so much horrifying as haunting, creepy and unsettling. An elegant, understated yet little known film originally from a collection of Japanese folk stories. Kwaidan is part of the prestigious Criterion Film Collection. Rarely shown, not to be missed. (d. Misaki Kobayashi, 125 min. Japanese w/English subtitles)

- Thursday: "The Red Balloon" (1956) hosted by head librarian John Riddle. Shown in conjunction with Fayette Family Fun Night, a campus tradition of petting zoo, arts and crafts, food and games, and, this year, movies for the whole family. Back by popular demand from an earlier film festival, it tells the story of a magical balloon that seems to follow a little boy throughout Paris. Enchanting for kids and adults alike. As an extra treat, it will be preceded with a selection of classic Hollywood cartoons from the 1930s and '40s. (d. Albert Lamorisse, 34 min.)

- Oct. 22: "Iron Jawed Angels" (2004) hosted by professor Julie Porterfield. An award-winning film about Alice Paul and the rise of the 1917 American suffrage movement. A pivotal but too often overlooked moment in the history of Women's Rights in America. Passionately told, starring Hilary Swank, Francis O'Connor and Julia Ormond. (d. Katja von Garnier, 123 min.)

- Oct. 24: "Vertigo" (1958) hosted by Dr. Michael Comiskey. Recently voted the greatest movie of all time (Sight and Sound magazine) and the masterpiece of the master himself, Alfred Hitchcock. A film of obsession and phobias, voyeurism and mystery, staring James Stewart and Kim Novak. Comiskey has traveled to many of the San Francisco locations where it was shot and is something of an expert on this mesmerizing film. (d. Hitchcock, 128 min.)

- Oct. 29: "Island of Lost Souls" (1932) hosted by Dr. Fred Adams. To kick off Halloween week, this tale of a mad scientist who conducts gruesome human/animal experiments on a remote island is a classic of horror. Based on a novel by H.G. Wells and starring Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi, it has been remade many times but never so well as this original. (d. Erle Kenton, 70 min.)

- Oct. 31: "Village of the Damned" (1960) hosted by Riddle. A creepy gem from the heyday of smart British sci-fi. For no apparent reason, an entire rural English town just suddenly stops, people, animals, machines, for one hour. Anyone entering the village faints. Exactly nine months later, all the village women of child-bearing age give birth to odd-looking genius children. Who are they? What do they want? (d. Wolf Rilla, 77 min.)

For more information, call 724-430-4155 or visit the campus website

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