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Film series opens

January 24, 2008|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. ? Shepherdstown Film Society approaches its fourth spring film series like it did the previous three ? with the understanding that "free" and "quality" aren't mutually exclusive terms.

Starting Friday, Jan. 25, the Shepherdstown Film Society will host screenings of 11 films at Shepherd University as part of its yearly spring film series.

Kicking off the five-month- long series is "Gosford Park," best screenplay winner at the 2001 Academy Awards. Other films in the lineup include the late Ingmar Bergman's "Smiles of a Summer Night" (1955), the film some say launched Bergman's career as a filmmaker, and "Tsotsi," the 2005 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner about an angry South African gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a carjacking.

Since 2004, the film society has hosted film series in fall and spring, with a film festival in the summer. All film series are put together to appeal to both the film buff and casual viewer, said Lisa Welch, co-founder of the Shepherdstown Film Society.

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Most shows are at 7 p.m. Fridays at Reynolds Hall.

The best part about the series: "You get to see good movies, and it won't cost you a dime," Welch said.

While this year's series has no unifying theme, the timing of some of the films' screenings was intentional, Welch said. "Smiles of a Summer Night," for instance, was chosen because of Bergman's death in 2007, Welch said.

Resonant in the Swedish actor's films were cinematography that offered a clear, keen sense of place and presence, and close-knit characters conflicted by strained, resentful relationships, said film society member Elliot Kirschbaum.

"If ('Smiles of a Summer Night') had not been successful, I think he may not have made another film," Kirschbaum said.

Political-tinged films also were timely this time of year, Welch said, accounting for "Broadcast News" (1987), "All the Kings Men" (1949) and a foreign film, "The Lives of Others" (2006).

The film series will continue Friday, Feb. 1, with "All About Eve," the 1950 film starring Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, George Sanders and a brief appearance by Marilyn Monroe.




If you go ...



WHAT: Shepherdstown Film Society Spring Series

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. The series will continue Fridays through May 2, with the exception of the Monday, Feb. 18, screening of "Tsotsi." There's an opening-night reception, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Shepherdstown Men's Club, 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va.

WHERE: Reynolds Hall, Shepherd University, off King Street between German and High streets.

COST: Free admission

MORE: www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org.




Spring series schedule



Jan. 25 ? "Gosford Park" (2001). Rated R.

Feb. 1 ? "All about Eve" (1950). Not rated.

Feb. 8 ? "On the Waterfront" (1954). Not rated.

Feb. 15 ? "King of Hearts" (1967). Not rated. English subtitles.

Feb. 18 ? "Tsotsi" (2005) Rated R. English subtitles.

Feb. 29 ? "Broadcast News"(1987). Rated R.

March 7 ? "All the King's Men" (1949). Not rated.

March 14 ? "Smiles of a Summer Night" (1955). Not rated. English subtitles.

March 28 ? "After the Wedding" (2006) Rated R.

English subtitles.

April 4 ? "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974). Rated PG.

May 2 ? "The Lives of Others" (2006). Rated R.

English subtitles.

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