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Spring Film Series Features Hollywood Classics

BOONE — Fans of the big screen can enjoy 11 nights of movie classics during the Private Screenings Film Series at Appalachian State University.

The series offers movie buffs Hollywood films ranging from gripping suspense and moody film noirs to rock ‘n’ roll musicals and hilarious screwball comedies. The spring series includes such classics as “Frankenstein,” “Pinocchio,” “Goldfinger” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

All showings begin at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The 16mm theatre quality films are projected and shown in the film’s original format.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Programs the series is made possible by film collector and historian John McElwee of Wilkesboro, who provides the films for the series. Cartoons and other short films from McElwee’s collection will precede each feature film.

For more information call Craig Fischer (828) 262-2325 or (828) 262-0533.

Films in the spring series include:

“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (Don Siegel, 1956)

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m.

TradeWinds Coffee House, Plemmons Student Union

The original ’50s paranoid classic stars Kevin McCarthy as Miles Bennett, a doctor whose patients believe that their loved ones are somehow being replaced by identical imposters. Bennett writes off these suspicions as “epidemic mass delusions,” until he sees with his own eyes human beings growing in giant seed pods.

“Loving You” (Hal Kanter, 1957)

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m.

TradeWinds Coffee House, Plemmons Student Union

Elvis Presley’s second, most autobiographical and most entertaining film “Loving You” tells the story of Jimmy Richards, a gas station attendant who is propelled into pop music superstardom by manipulative publicists and an iron-willed manager. Check out the King’s swing on a number of tunes, including the title track and “Teddy Bear.”

“Goldfinger” (Guy Hamilton, 1964)

Thursday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m.

I.G. Greer Auditorium

Sean Connery, often called the true James Bond, foils villainous plans to blow up Fort Knox in this brassy ’60s classic. Elements from 007’s gadget-packed Aston Martin to the bowler-throwing murderer Oddjob to the karate expert and ingenue Pussy Galore make “Goldfinger” one of the finest of the long-running Bond series. “Do you expect me to talk?” Connery asks in a famous line from the film. The villain responds, “No Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.”

“The Scarlet Claw” (Roy William Neill, 1944)

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m.

TradeWinds Coffee House, Plemmons Student Union

This tense thriller is perhaps the best of all Sherlock Holmes films. Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) travel to the marshes of a French-Canadian village (beautifully evoked by George Robinson’s spooky cinematography) to investigate a series of gruesome murders, and unearth even more gruesome motivations and plots.

“Nightmare Alley” (Edmund Goulding, 1947)

Thursday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m.

I.G. Greer Auditorium

A rarely seen hard-boiled classic, “Nighmare Alley” stars Tyrone Power as a fake clairvoyant who works with tawdry carnies Joan Blondell and Helen Walker to fleece the rich and gullible. As Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle writes, “Nightmare Alley is a strange and rather sick movie made by highly talented people…It’s a one-of-a-kind experience-