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Film Series Continues with 'Goodbye, Lenin!' on April 24

1990 film to mark end of this year's series

CHICAGO (Dec. 17, 2004) – Saint Xavier University is reviving its film series with a slate of films to be shown on the Chicago Campus, 3700 West 103rd Street. Now to be shown as Sunday matinees, the “The Art of Being an Artist” series will feature films that examine the lives and works of artists. 

“The theme for the series is movies about artists—artists working in different media and for different reasons,” said Dr. Roann Barris, professor in the art history and humanities department at Saint Xavier and organizer of the film series. "In all of the movies, creativity as a strategy for survival is a real theme."

Film dates and times are:

“Frida,” to be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 in S-101 in the Warde Academic Center. This 2002 biographical film explores the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The vibrancy of her art is mirrored by her tenacity, as she triumphs despite a near-crippling bus accident and a tumultuous relationship with her husband, fellow artist Diego Rivera.

“Pollock,” to be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6 in McGuire Hall in the Warde Academic Center. Ed Harris portrays abstract expressionist artist Jackson Pollock in this 1999 film. Pollock revolutionizes painting and becomes one of the most revered artists of his time before succumbing to his long struggle with alcoholism.

“The Pianist,” to be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3 in McGuire Hall. Adrien Brody won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, who hides in a Warsaw ghetto from 1939 to 1945 to escape deportation to a concentration camp. The music that has become his life will become the only way he can stay alive.

“Goodbye Lenin,” to be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24 in McGuire Hall. In this 1990 film, a young man must protect his emotionally fragile mother from the fact that the native East Germany she once knew no longer exists.

“Any time we have an opportunity to bring our neighbors on campus to showcase everything Saint Xavier has to offer, we are thrilled to do so, especially when we’re highlighting the work of renowned artists,” said Maureen Conner-Kelly, associate director of community relations. “We’re happy to offer such fine films that educate and enlighten not only our students but the community as well.”	
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