Emory brings Universal Pictures series to Atlanta

<p><em>The Birds (1963)</em> is one of the many iconic titles in the Universal Pictures archive.<br/> Credit: Universal Pictures </p>

January 14, 2013

Emory's Department of Film and Media Studies continues Cinematheque, a presentation of free 35mm film screenings on Wednesday evenings from Jan. 30-Apr. 24, 7:30 p.m. in White Hall 205 on the Emory campus. For spring 2013, the Emory Cinematheque hosts the series "Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years" presented by American Express, in association with UCLA Film and Television Archive. Emory is the only venue in the Southeast to show the touring series.

Carl Laemmle founded Universal Pictures in 1912; in the late 1950's, super-agent Lew Wasserman created an entertainment conglomerate that still thrives today as the oldest continuously operating film producer and distributor in the US. The program represents a vast range of genres and iconic titles such as "Dracula" (1931), Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (1963) and "Back to the Future" (1985).

Program:

Jan. 30: "Pillow Talk" (1959, Michael Gordon, with Doris Day and Rock Hudson)
This Universal classic grossed over $18 million and paved the way for two more "Doris & Rock" projects, as well as the slew of Universal sex-comedies to come in the following decade.

Feb. 13: "Dracula" (1931, Tod Browning, with Bela Lugosi) and "Frankenstein" (1931, James Whale, with Boris Karloff).
A double feature of two of Universal Studio's horror classics.

Mar. 6: "Imitation of Life" (1934, John M. Stahl)
A landmark in Hollywood's serious representation of African-Americans, this adaptation of Fannie Hurst's 1933 novel concerns two single mothers, one white (Claudette Colbert) and one black (Louise Beavers), and their struggles to raise their daughters during the Great Depression. With Fredi Washington as Beavers' light-skinned daughter who passes for white.

Mar. 20: "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" (1941, Edward Kline, with W.C. Fields) and "Cobra Woman" (1944, Robert Siodmak)
A double bill of W.C. Field's last starring role in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, followed by Cobra Woman, a lush, fanciful campy Technicolor romp.

Mar. 27: "Winchester 73" (1950, Anthony Mann, with James Stewart and Shelley Winters)
Cowboy Lin McAdam (James Stewart) wins a prized Winchester rifle in a contest, only to have it stolen by a rival in this classic western, which also marked a milestone in the practice of giving major stars a profit participation in their films.

Apr. 3: "The Birds" (1963, Alfred Hitchcock, with Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren)
A seaside community in northern California is terrorized when seemingly normal birds turn suddenly and inexplicably malevolent.

Apr. 10: "Back to the Future" (1985, Robert Zemeckis)
When eccentric scientist Emmett "Doc" Brown (Christopher Lloyd) steals plutonium from Libyan terrorists to power his newest invention, a time-traveling DeLorean sports car, his ill-advised decision accidentally sends teenage pal Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) back in time to 1955.

Apr. 17: "Apollo 13" (1995, Ron Howard)
Nominated for nine Academy Awards, director Ron Howard's collaborationwith NASA and veterans of the mission produced a film with vivid detail and authenticity. Starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris.

Apr. 24: "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005, Judd Apatow)
Judd Apatow makes his directorial debut. Co-written by Apatow and Steve Carell, the film approaches Andy's situation as a closeted virgin with insight and empathy, as well as humor.

From Jan. 30 to Apr. 24, the free screenings are held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on the Emory campus in White Hall 205.

Other screenings this spring include the experimental documentary "General Orders No. 9" (2011, Robert Persons) on Jan. 23; a Paul Simon documentary "Under African Skies" (2012, Joe Berlinger) on Feb. 6; and special events with Salman Rushdie, to be announced soon. Visit filmstudies.emory.edu for details.

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Emory Cinematheque, a collaboration between Emory College and the Department of Film and Media Studies, is one of the few film series bringing 35 mm repertory programming to the Southeast. In addition, the film department hosts special screenings and lectures by international filmmakers, scholars, and critics. filmstudies.emory.edu