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Classic film nights start at Ablah Library

10:35:27 AM CDT - Friday, October 06, 2006

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

The WSU Libraries is adding a twist to Friday nights at the movies with the start of after-hours classic film screenings this fall.

Normally Ablah Library shuts down during the fall semester at 7 p.m. but on Fridays, Oct. 6 and Nov. 17, it'll be a makeshift movie theater, complete with popcorn, with discussions following the free 7 p.m. screenings.

"Love With The Proper Stranger," a 1963 movie starring Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen, will be shown Oct. 6. "All About Eve," starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sander and Celeste Holm, will be screened Nov. 17.

Lorraine Madway, the new special collections curator and university archivist who has a research interest in films, will lead the discussions on both films.

"Love With The Proper Stranger" earned Wood an Academy Award nomination for her role as Angie Rossini, an Italian Catholic Macy's salesgirl who becomes pregnant in a passing fling with trumpet player Rocky Pampasano (McQueen). The film offers great comedic moments while dealing with serious issues such as an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, abortion and family involvement.

Despite Rocky not remembering her at first when Angie approaches him about the pregnancy, the pair make a last-minute decision to give love a chance, after Angie rejects her family's choice of the local grocer (played by Tom Bosley in his first film role) as her husband.

The critically acclaimed "All About Eve," which won the Academy Award for best picture and five other Oscars in 1950, is about an aging theater star's (Bette Davis) troubles with a young aspiring actress. While the film offers the classic story of ambition and betrayal, the movie is legendary for its witty dialogue by writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. He won the Oscar for both efforts.

To ensure there's enough popcorn to go around for moviegoers, make a reservation by calling 978-3590.



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