By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Campus Theatre will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a film festival Oct. 14 through 23. || Related story: guest film-makers and producers Oct. 22 and 23
"The festival is a retrospective of films from each decade of the Campus Theatre's existence," said Eric Faden, associate professor of English and film/media studies at Bucknell. Faden coordinated the festival with Amanda Keeler, visiting assistant professor of English and film/media studies.
"We had three criteria in choosing the films. We wanted films that are historically significant like "Fantasia," which has been honored as a unique achievement in the creation of a new form of visualized music.
"Second, we wanted to show the most pristine archival prints of movie classics like 'Forbidden Planet,' with a digital restoration that is amazing," he said.
"Finally, we also chose films that need to be seen on a big screen. You haven't actually seen Terrence Malick's 'Days of Heaven' until you see a restored print on the big screen," he said.
International and genre film classics
The films encompass many film genres, including film noir like "The Third Man" and "Sunset Boulevard," animated films like "Sita Sings the Blues" and significant international films from Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, France and Spain.
"We've tried to balance the selection between classic films from Hitchcock or Martin Scorsese with lesser known films that have influenced many of today's great filmmakers.
"One of those is Nina Paley, who created the film 'Sita Sings the Blues,' on her home computer over the course of five years. The animated film incorporates the history of animation from traditional hand-drawn 2D animation to computer-generated 3D imagery. The critically acclaimed, award-winning animated feature film has appeared in more than 50 international film festivals and won several awards, including Best Feature Film at the Avignon French Film Festival."
Archivist Randy Haberkamp from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is a guest of the festival.
Haberkamp will present the closing program on Oct. 23 with two events. "Upstream," a recently discovered and restored silent John Ford film, will be shown at 3 p.m., accompanied by musicians and a live musical score.
At 7 p.m., Haberkamp will present "Hollywood Home Movies," a compilation prepared by the Academy based on home movies donated by famous directors to the Academy archive. This compilation includes Alfred Hitchcock's home movies of family and friends.
Admission to each film is $7 for adults; $6 for children aged 11 and under, veterans, senior citizens and students; and $5 for Campus Theatre members. Located at 413 Market Street in Lewisburg, the Campus Theatre recently reopened after extensive renovations. The Campus Theatre is one of a handful of art deco theaters built in the early 1940s that remains in operation.
Oct. 14, 7 p.m.: "The Third Man" - 1949, directed by Carol Reed. A pulp novelist travels to shadowy post-war Vienna to investigate the murder of an old friend-black-market opportunist, Harry Lime. "We're showing this film because it's a fantastic, internationally flavored film noir," said Faden. "Robert Krasker's atmospheric black and white expressionist style won the Oscar that year for Best Cinematography."
Oct. 15, 1 p.m.: "Fantasia" - 1940, directed by Walt Disney. This classic is a collection of animated short films that illustrate or accompany several pieces of classical Western music.
Oct. 15, 4 p.m.: "The Red Shoes" - 1948, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Romantically torn between an idealistic composer and a ruthless impresario intent on perfection, a ballerina must choose between love and her career as a prima ballerina.
Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: "Forbidden Planet" - 1956, directed by Fred M. Wilcox. A space crew lands on an alternate planet, Altair-4, to investigate the silence of the planet's colony and discovers two survivors ... and a mysterious terror.
Oct. 16, 1 p.m.: "North by Northwest" - 1959, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. A New York advertising executive, mistaken for a government agent, must flee across the country to outwit foreign spies and survive.
Oct. 16, 4 p.m.: "Sunset Boulevard" - 1950, directed by Billy Wilder. A silent actress whose time of Hollywood fame has passed becomes involved with a small-time screenwriter in hopes of boosting her career, but things quickly descend into madness and mayhem.
Oct. 16, 7 p.m.: "Breathless" ("A bout de soufflé") - 1960, directed by Jean-Luc Godard, in a 50th anniversary 35mm print, A young irresponsible car thief attempts to persuade a beautiful American student to escape with him to Italy. "Godard's breakthrough film with its jump cuts and carefree attitude defined The French New Wave and influenced a generation of films and filmmakers. We are presenting Rialto Pictures' 50th anniversary restored 35mm print," said Faden.
Oct. 17, 7 p.m.: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - 1961, directed by Blake Edwards. This film follows the romance of a young beautiful New York socialite and a struggling writer.
Oct. 18, 6 p.m.: "Playtime" - 1967, directed by Jacques Tati, France and Italy. Lost in a maze of modern architecture and technological gadgets, Mr. Hulot roams around Paris with a group of American tourists causing chaos.
Oct. 18, 9 p.m.: "Alien" - 1979, directed by Ridley Scott. After landing on a distant planet to investigate a suspicious SOS, a mining ship's crew encounters some strange, and potentially dangerous, creatures.
Oct. 19, 7 p.m.: "Days of Heaven" - 1978, directed by Terrence Malick. A young poor farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they will have a claim to his fortune. When things don't go as planned, this love triangle leads to jealousy and misfortune.
Oct. 19, 9 p.m.: "Taxi Driver" - 1976, directed by Martin Scorsese. A mentally unstable ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran works as a taxi driver at night in New York City - a place he considers to be a seedy and unsavory cesspool. In an attempt to make the world a better place, he makes it his mission to save a young prostitute from her profession.
Oct. 20, 7 p.m.: "Sex, Lies and Videotape" - 1989, directed by Steven Soderbergh. A sexually repressed man has an affair with his wife's sister until a visitor with a strange fetish arrives and changes everything.
Oct. 20, 9 p.m.: "The Killer" - 1989, directed by John Woo, Hong Kong. An assassin takes one last job in hopes of using his earnings to restore the eyesight of a singer that he accidentally blinded, but a betrayal by his boss leads to an unlikely alliance a dangerous confrontation.
Oct. 21, 6 p.m.: "Do the Right Thing" - 1989, directed by Spike Lee. The hate and bigotry of all the residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn reaches a boiling point on the hottest day of the year exploding into violence.
Oct. 21, 9 p.m.: "All About my Mother" - 1999, directed by Pedro Almodovar, Spain and France. After the death of her only son, a single mother travels to Barcelona to find her son's father but, by chance, becomes the personal assistant of a famous actress and the caretaker of a pregnant transvestite.
Oct. 21, 11 p.m.: "Pulp Fiction" - 1994, directed by Quentin Tarantino. This film follows the seemingly unrelated lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits as they interconnect in hilarious and sometimes violent ways.
Oct. 22, 2 p.m.: "Close Up" - 1990, directed by Abbas Kiarostami, Iran. In this fiction-documentary hybrid, Ali Sabzian impersonates famous film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf and accesses the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran promising them a part in his next film.
Oct. 22, 4 p.m.: "Memento" - 2000, directed by Christopher Nolan. A man with short term memory loss uses notes and tattoos to hunt down the man he believes killed his wife.
Oct. 22, 7 p.m.: "Sita Sings the Blues"- 2008, directed by Nina Paley. Set to the jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, this animated film tells the story of 'The Ramayana' as Sita, a Hindu Goddess, accompanies Lord Rama on a 14-year exile in the forest. Film-maker Paley will introduce the film and participate in a question-and-answer session after the film.
Oct. 23, 3 p.m.: "Upstream" - 1927, directed by John Ford. Long thought lost, "Upstream" was discovered in the New Zealand Film Archive and recently restored. The silent film centers on the residents of a low-rent boarding house for scuffling vaudevillians. Joining them is a talent-challenged son of a well-known theatrical family who is summoned to London to play Hamlet. He is mentored by an aged Shakespearean actor who guides him to success on the stage. "In the true spirit of silent movies, 'Upstream' will be accompanied by musicians and a live musical score," said Faden.
Oct. 23, 7 p.m.: "Hollywood Home Movies," a compilation prepared by the Academy based on home movies donated by famous directors to the Academy archive. This compilation includes Alfred Hitchcock's home movies of family and friends.
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