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Release: Jan. 22, 2003

UI Institute for Cinema and Culture announces free film screenings

The University of Iowa Institute for Cinema and Culture kicks off the spring semester with two film screenings this week. The first, “Christopher Strong,” (1933, 78 min.) will be shown Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. On Friday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. the weekly film series “Cinematheque at Becker” will feature “49th Parallel,” (1941, 117 min.) Both films will be shown in Room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building and are free and open to the public.

“Christopher Strong” was directed by Dorothy Arzner and stars Katherine Hepburn. The semester-long seminar will focus on the work of three directors: Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, and Lois Weber -- the only three women who directed Hollywood films on a continuing basis between 1910 and the 1960s. All three developed themes about social issues important to women's lives, topics infrequently or even rarely discussed in other Hollywood films, such as birth control and abortion, rape and incest, women's independence, and gender relations. Their films resonate with social changes affecting women throughout the 20th century and often offer viewpoints and attitudes rarely seen in Hollywood cinema.

“Cinematheque at Becker,” features treasures from the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture collection. “49th Parallel” was directed by Michael Powell and stars Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard, Raymond Massey, Glyns Johns, and Eric Portman.

For more information contact the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture at 335-1348.