Volume CXXXIII, Number 3
September 21, 2001
Going South with the Film Society
Hopefully by now, all students have received their copies
of the Film Society's fall semester schedule (for anyone who hasn't received
one, there are copies available at the SU info desk). If you actually
held onto yours, you may have seen that this weekend features a series
of films about America's South. For any of you from that neck of the woods,
these movies might help you feel closer to home. For the rest of us, it
will just be a set of fun movies. As always, the films are shown in Smith
Auditorium in Sills Hall and are free and open to everyone.
Friday 7:00 p.m.
O Brother! Where Art Thou?
The Coen Brothers' latest is about three fugitives trying to get home
to dig up buried treasure before a dam is released and floods the area.
It takes place in the Depression era and features an incredible soundtrack
of "old-time" music. To ensure you that it's educational entertainment,
it's based on the Odyssey by Homer. Don't miss this one.
Friday 9:00 p.m.
Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
This film is considered a Southern Gothic horror tale and concerns an
elderly southern belle being driven mad by her cousin. The cousin opens
up an old murder case involving the belle's former lover, and consequently
ruins the lives of many.
Saturday 7:00 p.m.
My Cousin Vinny
Joe Pesci stars as a Brooklyn lawyer who has to go to the Deep South in
order to save his cousin from a murder charge. It is a great fish-out-of-water
story, and Marisa Tomei really is superb-don't think that her Oscar for
this film was undeserved. If you've never seen this film, you should really
check it out.
Saturday 9:00 p.m.
Smokey and the Bandit
I don't think you can find a film that is more stereotypically Southern
than this one. Burt Reynolds plays a bootlegger who is chased from state
to state by an evil sheriff. Along the way, he picks up a beautiful young
hitchhiker and makes friends with lots of truckers. It is basically a
90-minute car chase, but since when is that a bad thing?