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2006 Spring Film Festival

Swimmer Hall
3/24/2006 —

All movies start at 7:00 pm

Swimmer Hall, Williams Bldg, Penn State Fayette Campus

Admission is free, But bring your own refreshments

April 3  -  Three Kings (1999)  -  Host: John Riddle

In the aftermath of the first Gulf War, four soldiers set out to "liberate" Saddam's gold, but are drawn into sectarian strife.  Staring George Clooney, Mark Walberg, and Ice Cube.  Dir. David O. Russell.  114 minutes

April 6  -  Battle of Algiers (1965)  - Host: John Riddle

In semi-documentary style, this landmark film depicts the Algerian war of liberation against the French in stories of resistance fighters/terrorists and Legionnaires.  Controversial in its time, very relevant today.  Dir.  Gillo Pontecorvo.  117 minutes, French and Arabic with English subtitles

April 10  -  Shoah (1985)  -  Host: John Riddle

Using only modern day interviews with survivors, witnesses, and ex-Nazis, Claude Lanzmann documents in extraordinary detail the world of the death camps.  Considered by many one of the greatest and most important films ever made.  We will watch approximately 2 hours of the original nine hour film.

April 13  - Killing Fields (1984)  -  Host: John Riddle

A powerful film about the genocide in Cambodia as seen through the eyes of one man, and the New York Times reporter who tries to get him out.  Staring Sam Waterston, John Malkovich, and Dr. Haing Ngor.  Dir. Roland Joffe.  141 minutes

April 17  -  Dr. Strangelove (1964)  -  Host: Dr. Ira Saltz

Stanley Kubrick's searing satire of The Bomb, the cold war, and those precious bodily fluids. Staring George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and Peter Sellers in three roles.  93 minutes

April 20  -  M*A*S*H (1970)  -  Host: Dr. Debra Evan-Rhodes

Mixing humour and gritty realism, Robert Altman's irreverent movie of a mobile surgical hospital in Korea stars Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Robert Duvall, and Sally Kellerman.  116 minutes

April 24  -  A Very Long Engagement (2004)   -  Host: John Riddle

A beautifully made film that seamlessly connects the horrors of trench warfare in WWI with a tender story of Mathilde (Audrey Tautou) trying to discover the fate of her soldier-lover.  One of 2004's best movies, nominated for 2 Academy Awards.  Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet.  133 minutes, French with English subtitles

April 27  -  Ballad of a Soldier (1960)  -  Host: Dr. Jerry Hoeg

Filming after the death of Stalin, Grigori Chukhrai, himself a decorated war veteran, brought great humanity and compassion to the tale of a WWII Russian soldier-hero striving to get home to visit his mother.  85 minutes.  Russian, with English subtitles

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