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Third Thursday Film Series continues

Posted 10/04/13

"Storm Center" film posterThe Third Thursday film series, bridging the Fitchburg State University campus and the city, continues this fall. The community is invited to join Fitchburg State faculty and staff members for free monthly film screenings and discussions at the Fitchburg Public Library.

Each film is presented in the library auditorium, introduced by a member of the university’s faculty, staff or a community partner. The films touch on issues or events that will resonate with today’s audiences. A discussion follows each screening.

The remaining fall semester offerings are:

Oct. 17, 7 p.m. – Daniel Sarefield (Economics, History and Political Science) presents Storm Center (1956). Bette Davis stars as a librarian in the 1950s who stands up to local political pressure to remove a controversial book (The Communist Dream) from the shelves. The film is being shown in connection with Banned Books Week.

Nov. 21, 4 p.m. – John Paul (Economics, History and Political Science) presents Earth (1998). It’s 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl bears witnesses to tragedy as her ayah is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Dec. 19, 4 p.m. – Joseph Moser (English Studies) presents The Shop Around the Corner (1940). A holiday treat, this film is the story of two employees at a gift shop who can barely stand one another, without realizing that they’re falling in love through the post as each other’s anonymous pen pal. This holiday treat stars Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan.

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