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Fayette Film Festival features “Hollywood by the Decades” in October

10/15/2007 —
UNIONTOWN, PA – Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus’ 2007 Fayette Film Festival, “Hollywood by the Decades,” will showcase four classic Hollywood films spanning the decades of 1930-1960 in late October. “Night at the Opera,” “Casablanca,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” and “Easy Rider” will be featured during the four-day festival—which is now in its fifth year. One film will be presented each night Oct. 23 and 24, and Oct. 30 and 31, beginning at 7 p.m. in Swimmer Hall in the Williams Building.

    Opening the film festival October 23 is “Night at the Opera” (1935). This “classical” comedy is the first movie the Marx Brothers made with MGM, after they left Paramount. Penn State Fayette Head Librarian John Riddle explains, “The film is considered by many to be their finest and most complete film.” It is included in the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest American films.

    "Casablanca” (1942) will be shown October 24. Riddle says many people believe “Casablanca” is the greatest Hollywood movie ever. It was originally planned as a quick “B” movie, but producer Hal Wallis saw it as something far more special.

    October 30 is “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952). Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor star in this classic musical made towards the end of the Hollywood studio era. The film is a song and dance look back at the days of the early Hollywood talkies.

    The festival concludes October 31 with “Easy Rider” (1969). “Easy Rider” is the first major, widely-successful independent film. Riddle says, “This film is credited with ushering in a Hollywood artistic renaissance that led to decades of new vibrant creativity and power.”  Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper wrote, directed and starred in the movie, which also features Jack Nicholson.

    The “Hollywood by the Decades” 2007 Fall Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Penn State Fayette Library and the Office of the Chancellor. Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring their own refreshments. For more information, call the Penn State Fayette Library at 724-430-4155.

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