By ALLYSON KRUPINSKY
This year's Cinema 100 Film Society's series will pay tribute to longtime film critic Roger Ebert.
The series begins at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Theatres. The 2013 fall theme is "A Tribute to Roger Ebert (1942-2013)."
Ebert was a popular film critic, journalist and television co- host. His work at the Chicago Sun-Times and movie reviews on television with Gene Siskel made him well-known and respected. He won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He died of cancer on April 4.
The films will be shown at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. The movies featured include "To the Wonder," Ebert's last review; "I am Love;" "Citizen Kane;" and "Life, Above All," three films that Ebert gave top ratings to, and "Let the Right One In," which Ebert also highly rated.
"To the Wonder" will be shown Oct. 3; "I am Love" will be shown Oct. 10; "Citizen Kane" will be shown Oct. 17; "Life, Above All" will be shown Oct. 24; and "Let the Right One In" will be shown Oct. 31.
The Cinema 100 Film Society is a nonprofit organization that was created in 1956. Its primary goal is to make diverse films available to the Bismarck-Mandan community.
Treasurer Marlene Anderson has had a passion for the program for several years.
"I was hooked from the beginning. I've always loved movies and getting to see the kinds of movies that Cinema 100 brought to the community was such a treat," Anderson said.
Anderson believes this season's theme is a great idea.
"We want to honor the memory of Roger Ebert, who was an outstanding film critic, writer and a remarkable person," she said.
A public forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Bismarck Public Library. The forum will discuss Ebert's life and the season as a whole. The event is free and open to the public.
There also are informal gatherings held after the 5:30 p.m. showings at Hong Kong restaurant for food and film discussion. Usually only a handful of people attend, but it is a way to evaluate what went well during the series, Anderson said.
"It is interesting to see what people liked or didn't like, to read the comments and to read their suggestions for films for future series," Anderson said.
Anderson has high hopes for this season's films.
"For every series, our overall goal is to give our audience quality films and a quality experience. Most of the films we show haven't come to this community and/or are unlikely to be shown here," Anderson said. "Many people in the Cinema 100 audience are regulars and tell us they can't wait until the next series begins."
(Allyson Krupinsky is an intern at the Bismarck Tribune. She is a senior at Century High School. She can be reached at Allyson.Krupinsky@bismarcktribune.com.)
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