CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Jan. 22, 2003
UI Institute for Cinema and Culture announces free film screenings
The University of Iowa Institute for Cinema and
Culture kicks off the spring semester with two film screenings this week.
The first, “Christopher Strong,” (1933, 78 min.) will be shown
Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. On Friday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. the weekly film
series “Cinematheque at Becker” will feature “49th Parallel,” (1941,
117 min.) Both films will be shown in Room 101, Becker Communication Studies
Building and are free and open to the public.
“Christopher Strong” was directed by Dorothy Arzner and stars
Katherine Hepburn. The semester-long seminar will focus on the work of three
directors: Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, and Lois Weber -- the only three women
who directed Hollywood films on a continuing basis between 1910 and the 1960s.
All three developed themes about social issues important to women's lives,
topics infrequently or even rarely discussed in other Hollywood films, such
as birth control and abortion, rape and incest, women's independence, and
gender relations. Their films resonate with social changes affecting women
throughout the 20th century and often offer viewpoints and attitudes rarely
seen in Hollywood cinema.
“Cinematheque at Becker,” features treasures from the UI Institute
for Cinema and Culture collection. “49th Parallel” was directed
by Michael Powell and stars Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard, Raymond Massey,
Glyns Johns, and Eric Portman.
For more information contact the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture at