Free film series announced at Fairfield University

“American Identity: Visions and Revisions,” a film series sponsored by the American Studies Program at Fairfield University, opens Wednesday, Sept. 18, with the first of four films. The series is free and open to the public.

The films will be shown in the multimedia room of the university’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Each film will be introduced by a member of the American Studies faculty, who will field questions from the audience after the screening.

The series begins with Lincoln. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this  historical drama features Daniel Day-Lewis in an Oscar-winning performance as one of the most complex United States presidents, opposite Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. Dr. Elizabeth Petrino, associate professor of English, will present.

The American Studies program will host a brief information session and reception for current students and faculty and anyone who might be interested in the graduate or undergraduate program at 6:30 p.m., prior to the screening. Those interested should RSVP to [email protected]

Dr. Marti LoMonaco, professor of theatre, will present A Streetcar Named Desire, the Tennessee Williams play brought to cinematic life by director Elia Kazan, on Oct. 24. The film stars Vivien Leigh as the troubled Blanche DuBois, Kim Hunter as her sister Stella and Marlon Brando as the brutish Stanley.

Next up on Nov. 20, is Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, with Oscar-nominated Denzel Washington as the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader. Angela Bassett and Delroy Lindo co-star in this biopic, which will be introduced by Dr. Yohuru Williams, professor of history and chair of the Black Studies program.

The series concludes for the fall semester on Dec. 4, with Hester Street, presented by Dr. Ellen Umansky, Carl and Dorothy Bennett professor of Judaic Studies. Set in 1896, the film follows Steven Keats as a Russian Jews who emigrated to the U.S. and has settled on the Lower East Side of New York City, working as a seamster to raise money to bring his wife, played by Carol Kane, and his son to America.

For more information, email Elizabeth Petrino at [email protected]

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