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Film festival on politics to debut Oct. 16

10/3/2012 —

The tenth annual film festival at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus will begin Tuesday, Oct. 16, with film events continuing throughout October and into November. This year’s theme is “Vote for Reel” and will feature films that focus around politics. Each film is free, open to the public and will take place in the campus’ Williams Building beginning at 6:00 p.m.

John Riddle, Penn State Fayette’s head librarian and organizer of the annual film festival, says, “What better time to see how movie politicians can outshine, or out-stumble, the real candidates? If you’re tired of campaign ads on television 24/7, take a break and come watch some of the best political movies ever made.”

Films being featured at this year’s film festival include:

Oct. 16—“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) starring James Stewart as Jefferson Smith, a new naïve senator who must learn to play hardball while staying true to his idealism. Facing down corruption and scandal, Smith’s desperate speech at the end is one of the greatest scenes in movie history.

Oct. 18— “The Best Man” (1964). From a play by recently deceased Gore Vidal and starring Henry Fonda as an honest by-the-rules presidential candidate pitted against his do-anything-to-win challenger played by Cliff Robertson, the film evokes a time when conventions were not just managed media events but fight-to-the-death political struggles.

Oct. 23— “The War Room” (1993). An award-winning documentary about Bill Clinton’s 1992 Presidential campaign with unique behind-the-scenes study of the art and craft of a campaign.

Oct. 25— “Wag the Dog” (1997), a political satire starring Dustin Hoffman as the movie producer with the biggest job of his career and Robert DeNiro as the seasoned political hand for whom inventing a war is just another spin tactic.

Oct. 30— “Election” (1999). A brilliant comedy about a vicious high school election for class president that mirrors national politics. Starring Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Klein.

Nov. 1— “In the Loop” (2009) is a side-splitting send-up on how England and the United States leaders would like to get into a Middle East war, almost in spite of themselves. Bumbling Member of Parliament Simon Tucker makes a television remark that sets off waves of political shenanigans in London and Washington. As the dim-witted Tucker tries to “manage” the events, his higher-ups stumble over each other trying to find the political gravy in all this.

For more information call 724-430-4155 or visit the campus website http://www.fayette.psu.edu.

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