August 21, 2013

George Sanders and Ingrid Bergman in 'Journey to Italy' at Campus Theatre Sept. 3

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Film/Media Series will begin Tuesday, Sept. 3, with the film, "Journey to Italy," at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, located at 413 Market St. in Lewisburg. Admission to the film is $2 per person; Campus Dollars are accepted.

Directed by Roberto Rossellini, the 1954 film is considered among the most influential films of the postwar era. "Journey to Italy" charts the declining marriage of a British couple on a trip to the Naples countryside. The film stars Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders and Paul Muller.

More than just an anatomy of a relationship, Rossellini's masterpiece is a heartrending experience of emotional transcendence that was hailed as a groundbreaking work of modernism by the critics of Cahiers du cinema and named by Martin Scorsese as one of his favorite films.

"We're thrilled to present this long-unavailable classic in a gorgeous new restoration of the essential English-language version of the film," said Rebecca Meyers, academic film programmer and lecturer in English and film/media studies.

In a related event, John Ford's epic 1956 Western, "The Searchers," will be shown Sunday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. in the Campus Theatre. Co-sponsored as part of the Arts Everywhere festival, "The Searchers" screening is free.
Film/Media Series screenings in September include:

Sept. 10: "Paths of Glory," directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1957. A scathing portrayal of modern warfare, the film stars Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker and Adolphe Menjou. Philosophy professors Matthew Slater and Jason Leddington will lead a discussion following the screening. This screening is co-sponsored by Bucknell's philosophy department.

Sept. 17: "In My Lifetime: Nuclear World Project," directed by Robert E. Frye, who will lead a post-screening discussion. "In My Lifetime" is a chilling survey of the history of nuclear weapons and their ongoing threat to humankind. This screening is co-sponsored by the Bucknell University Environmental Center as part of its Green Screens series, and the Community Alliance for Respect and Equality, and the CommUnity Zone.

Sept. 24: "Finding Carlton: Uncovering the Story of Jazz in India," directed by Susheel Kurien, who will lead a post-screening discussion. "Finding Carlton" is a mesmerizing story of cultural cross-pollination, born of the pre-war African-American diaspora, the American Army presence in Calcutta during the Second World War and the U.S. State Department's sponsored jazz tours in India. This screening is co-sponsored by Bucknell's music department.

Film/Media Series screenings in October are: "Museum Hours" with film-maker Jem Cohen on Oct. 1; "Kinodance," a screening and presentation with film-maker Alla Kovgan on Oct. 9; "River of Renewal" by Carlos Blado on Oct. 15; "Forensic Fandom and Participatory Technologies of Complex Television," an illustrated lecture with Jason Mittell of Middlebury College on Oct. 22; and "Portrait of Jason" by Shirley Clarke on Oct. 29.