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Black-and-White Film Festival opens Friday with ‘Mockingbird’

September 8, 2010

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the classic "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Chapman University’s second annual “Jim, Jerry and Marla’s Black-and-White Film Festival” kicks off Friday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. with the 1962 classic To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck in his immortal role as crusading attorney Atticus Finch.  The film will be shown outside under the stars on the Attallah Piazza, in front of the Leatherby Libraries on the central campus.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Chapman will also provide free popcorn and beverages to filmgoers.

The acclaimed film ranks 25th on the American Film Institute’s 10th anniversary list of the greatest American movies of all time, and No. 1 on AFI’s list of best courtroom films. In 2003, AFI named Atticus Finch the greatest movie hero of the 20th century.  The movie also features the film debuts of Robert Duvall, William Windom and Alice Ghostley.

The film series — named after Chapman President Jim Doti, Chapman Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Jerry Price and the Orange County Register’s “Deals Diva” Marla Jo Fisher, all avid black-and-white movie fans — will continue until Nov. 19.  All films will be shown at 8 pm in the Attallah Piazza, and all will feature free munchies for the audience!

The series will continue with:

  • Sept 17     Dr. Strangelove
  • Sept 24     Love with a Proper Stranger
  • Oct 8         The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Oct 15       Young Frankenstein
  • Oct 29       The Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • Nov 12      Raging Bull
  • Nov 19      The Last Picture Show

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