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Spring film festival schedule announced

The schedule for the spring film festival at Black Hills State University has been announced. The films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Jonas 305 on five Thursdays - Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 16, March 23 and March 30.

The film festival is co-sponsored by the University Programming Team and the English Club. Admission is free. The following films will be shown.

The first film will be Run Lola Run (1998) on Feb. 17. Director-screenwriter Tom Tykwer's surreal caper tells the tale of Lola (Franka Potente), a lost-but-lovely Berlin punk who picks up the phone to receive shattering news: She has exactly 20 minutes to get 100,000 Deutsche marks ($67,000), or her boyfriend (Moritz Bleibtreu) will be killed. Faced with losing the bleached-blond love of her life, she sprints out the door on an apparently hopeless mission. The films runs 81 minutes.

The Third Man (1949) will be shown Feb. 24. Graham Greene wrote the script for Carol Reed's classic film about an American pulp fiction writer's search for the mysterious and enigmatic war profiteer Harry Lime (a wonderful Orson Welles) in post-war Vienna. Recently remastered, the film welds German expressionism, British classicism, and American B-movie energy and motion. Anton Karas's haunting zither score is nearly as well known as Welles's extraordinary entrance. Starring Joseph Cotton, Trevor Howard and Bernard Lee. Award-winning cinematography is by Robert Krasker. Selected as the Favorite British Film of the 20th century in a 1999 British Film Institute survey. This film is in black and white and runs104 minutes.

 

 

 

 

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Orlando (1992) will be shown March 16. Directed by independent filmmaker Sally Potter, and based on the l928 novel by Virginia Woolf, Orlando challenges traditional ideas about gender and sexuality. Initially set in Elizabethan England, the film centers on the adventures of a young aristocrat who is commanded by Queen Elizabeth never to grow old. This mysterious longevity allows Orlando to dash through four centuries of sexual politics. Inspired by Woolfs friend, Vita Sackville-West, Orlando, according to Nigel Nicholson, is "the longest and most charming love letter in literature." Film runs 93 minutes.

Grand Illusion (1937) will be shown March 23. This film is a beautiful, pristine version of Jean Renoir's great masterpiece, a classic comment on war's fading glory. The print used for this release was remastered from an original camera negative discovered in the late l990s, allowing this sublime classic to be seen, for the first time in decades, exactly as Renoir intended. Set in World War I the film tells of two French officers captured by German forces. Interred in a prison camp, the two officers encounter Von Rauffenstein, an aristocratic career officer played by Erich von Stroheim. Starring Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay. French with English subtitles. This film is black and white and runs 95 minutes.

Buena Vista Social Club (1999) will be shown March 30. Wim Wenders's "Wings of Desire; Paris, Texas" intoxicating documentary captures the rehearsals, recording sessions, and performances of several giants of Cuban son music, a popular form that dates back to the 1930s. American musician Ry Cooder rounded up these musical greats, some nearly forgotten, and organized a joyous, celebratory collaboration that brought their style of song back into the spotlight. Ibrahim Ferrer, Company Segundo, and Ruben Gonzalez are just a few of the bright lights who enjoy a most deserving revival here. This film is in English and Spanish and runs 141 minutes.