FROM HERE TO ETERNITY at Bryn Mawr Film Institute with One-Night Cinema Classics Seminar
May 18, 2012
Bryn Mawr, PAOn Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00 pm, Bryn Mawr Film Institute will host a 35 mm screening of 1953s Best Picture Academy Award winner, From Here to Eternity. The film will be shown in conjunction with a Cinema Classics Seminar and introduced by its instructor, Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., BMFIs Director of Education.
From Here to Eternity Wednesday, May 30, 7:00 pm
From Here to Eternity tells the story of a platoon of soldiers, stationed in Hawaii, who deal with isolation, in-fighting, and disillusionment during the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The project was nicknamed Cohns Folly, because many thought that Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn was attempting a fools errand by adapting James Joness complex and controversial 861-page bestseller. The naysayers were proved wrong and the film went on to be a critical and fiscal success, thanks to some unconventional casting, the direction of Fred Zinnemann (High Noon), and the chemistry between Burt Lancaster and his leading lady, Deborah Kerr. Frank Sinatra won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance as Private Angelo Maggio, but getting the role was not easy. Following a series of marital, financial, and health crises, Sinatra hoped to resuscitate his fading film career when he lobbied Cohn for the part after original cast member Eli Wallach dropped out of the production. Donna Reedknown for her role as George Baileys wife in Its a Wonderful Life and the wholesome future star of The Donna Reed Showplayed against type as Montgomery Clifts prostitute girlfriend and also took home a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance. The film runs 118 minutes and is not rated, but is suggested for ages 13 and up.
Tickets for Bryn Mawr Film Institutes screening of From Here to Eternity are $10 General Admission, $7 for seniors age 65 and over and Students with I.D., and $5 for Bryn Mawr Film Institute members. Tickets can be purchased online at BrynMawrFilm.org or MovieTickets.com and in person at the Box Office during operating hours.
Cinema Classics Seminar: From Here to Eternity Wednesday, May 30, 6:30-9:30 pm
One-night Cinema Classics Seminars are a great way to sample one of Bryn Mawr Film Institutes classes. This seminar is structured around the beloved and critically acclaimed 1953 drama From Here to Eternity. Students will enjoy a reading about the film, a lecture before the movie, and a guided discussion afterwards. Admission to see the film on the big screen as well as popcorn and a drink are included.
Dr. Andrew J. Douglas is Bryn Mawr Film Institutes Director of Education and one of its most popular instructors. He received his Masters in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern Universitys Department of Radio/Television/Film. He is currently a Professorial Lecturer in the English Department of Cabrini College, where he designs courses for and teaches in the film studies department. Dr. Douglas has taught Cinema Classics Seminars on Fritz Langs Metropolis, On the Waterfront, Some Like it Hot, The Third Man, and Battleship Potemkin as well as many other courses at Bryn Mawr Film Institute on subjects such as westerns, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Jews in American Cinema, melodrama, 1950s political films, movie musicals, and film noir.
The seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Tuition for Bryn Mawr Film Institute Members is $25, non-members pay $30; includes admission to the film. Register online at www.BrynMawrFilm.org or call 610-527-4008 x106.
About Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Bryn Mawr Film Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to restoring the historic Bryn Mawr Theater and transforming it into the regions preeminent film entertainment and education center. Founded in 2002 by Main Line academic, business, and civic leaders, Bryn Mawr Film Institute presents a daily program of first-run and repertory art and independent films and provides a comprehensive film studies curriculum, including courses, workshops, discussions, guest lecturers, visual literacy programs, and student screening opportunities. To learn about upcoming events or find news about the theaters restoration project, visit www.BrynMawrFilm.org, or write to Info@BrynMawrFilm.org.