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UW-Eau Claire Announces
Spring Film Series Schedule

RELEASED: Jan. 15, 2008

Clue posterEAU CLAIRE — The Parker Brothers board game comes to life in "Clue" (1985), a comic mystery that will open the spring semester of the campus film series Jan. 18-20 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The University Activities Commission will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

"Clue: The Movie" features three different solutions and a cast that includes Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean and Lesley Ann Warren. Variety called the film "campy, high-styled escapism. In a short 87 minutes that just zip by, the well-known board game's one-dimensional card figures like Professor Plum and others become multi-dimensional personalities with enough wit, neuroses and motives to intrigue even the most adept whodunnit solver."

The film is rated PG. Admission is free at the door.

Unless noted, admission to the remaining spring semester films is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Membership in the International Film Society enables community members to purchase tickets to campus films throughout the year. Members also receive a newsletter with advance information about campus films. An individual IFS membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10. Memberships and tickets are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby.

Other spring semester films include the following:

  • "Shutter" (Thailand 2004), Jan. 24-27. After accidentally running down a pedestrian on a country road late one night, Tun and Jane flee the scene. They try to resume their lives in Bangkok, but Jane is haunted by nightmares, and spectral figures begin appearing in Tun's photographs. They return to the scene but find no trace of there having been an accident. When their friends begin dying, one by one, Tun and Jane know they must unravel the mystery before it destroys them.
  • "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" (U.S. 2007), Jan. 31-Feb. 3. Compelling, hilarious and universally acclaimed documentary set around the rivalry between cocky video game superstar Billy Mitchell and nice-guy Steve Wiebe, an unemployed dad who surpasses Mitchell's record on the classic arcade game Donkey Kong. The two duel for the high score to be included in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records.
  • "F*ck" (U.S. 2005), Feb. 7-10. Provocative documentary that examines the infamous, taboo, obscene and controversial F-word that permeates our culture from Hollywood to the schoolyard to the floor of the U.S. Senate. The impact of the word is shown through interviews, movie and TV clips, music, and original animation by Oscar nominee Bill Plympton.
  • "Love Me If You Dare" (France-Belgium 2003), Feb. 14-17. Love, games, and the search for a never-ending childhood. When Julien (Guillaume Canet) and Sophie (Marion Cotillard) meet as children, they become friends for life. Each time they meet they exchange a toy and, with it, a dare that the other must perform to get it back. As time passes the pranks they force each other to play become a little bigger, a little more dangerous. When they reach adulthood they must choose between the game and their careers, between the game and their spouses-to-be, between the game and the conventions of everyday life. Yet ... how can they resist?
  • "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (U.K. 1975), Feb. 15. When a soon-to-be married couple (Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick) has a breakdown in an isolated area, they must pay a call to the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). "A fast-paced pastiche of camp, science fiction, rock music, horror, and more camp" (The A.V. Club), the audience-participation cult classic is a Winter Carnival tradition. Screens Friday at midnight; tickets are $7 ($5 with UW-Eau Claire student ID).
  • "The Lookout" (U.S. 2007), Feb. 21-24. The directorial debut of screenwriter Scott Frank ("Dead Again") is an intelligent neo-noir crime drama starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a once-promising athlete responsible for a fatal car accident that leaves him with a severe head injury. Still struggling years later with disorientation and an unreliable memory, he takes a job as a night janitor at a small Kansas bank — and finds himself caught up in a planned heist.
  • "Jesus Camp" (U.S. 2006), Feb. 28-March 2. Oscar-nominated documentary about an evangelical boot camp that trains children to take back America for Christ. The film follows Levi, Rachael and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer's "Kids on Fire" summer camp in North Dakota, where children as young as six years old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers.
  • "Paris, je t'aime" (France 2006), March 6-9. Anthology feature with the world's most romantic city as a backdrop, made up of 18 short films by 22 directors from around the world. The international cast includes Fanny Ardant, Juliet Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Gerard Depardieu, Ben Gazzara, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nick Nolte, Natalie Portman, Gena Rowlands and Elijah Wood.
  • "This Is England" (U.K. 2006), March 27-30. Shane Meadows' autobiographical coming-of-age drama takes place in 1983. Shaun (Thomas Turgoose), an isolated 12-year-old who has lost his father in the Falklands War, seems unable to fit in with the world around him. A chance meeting with the local skinhead gang offers him both friendship and the possibility of finding the father figure he has been seeking. Named Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards.
  • "The Virgin Spring" (Sweden 1960), April 3-6. Ingmar Bergman's Oscar winner grimly depicts a father's vengeance for the rape and murder of his daughter (Birgitta Pettersson). Sven Nykvist's austere cinematography evokes an imaginative medieval world, suggesting the battle of Christianity and paganism. Max von Sydow stars.
  • "Mean Creek" (France 2006), April 10-13. A group of teenagers devises a practical joke to teach a boy a lesson he will never forget — but the prank goes horribly wrong. "'Mean Creek' opens with a schoolyard bully picking on a smaller kid, develops into a story of revenge, and then deepens into the surprisingly complex story of young teenagers trying to do the right thing," wrote film critic Roger Ebert. "It could have been simple-minded and predictable, but it becomes a rare film about moral choices."
  • "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Dark Side of Oz" (U.S. 1939), April 17-20. Judy Garland stars in MGM's musical version of L. Frank Baum's children's classic, screening straight at 6 p.m. The film is reprised at 8:30 p.m. with Pink Floyd's 1973 concept album "The Dark Side of the Moon" replacing the original soundtrack; is it synchronicity or fanciful coincidence?
  • "The Sea Hawk" (U.S. 1940), April 24-27. While Queen Elizabeth I haggles over the cost of a navy to protect England from the Armada, she turns a blind eye to privateer Capt. Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn), who leads his crew of buccaneers in an undeclared war against Spain on the high seas. Claude Rains and Brenda Marshall costar in a film the Village Voice called "the jewel of Errol Flynn's career ... his most satisfying action film."
  • "Black Sheep" (New Zealand 2006), May 1-4. An ambitious New Zealand sheep rancher commissions a genetically superior breed with softer, woollier coats. He could never have predicted that the experiment would turn the sheep into bloodthirsty killers. "It's smart; it's silly; it's — kill me now — shear terror," wrote the Austin Chronicle.
  • "Control" (U.K.-U.S.-Australia-Japan 2007), May 8-11. A profile of Ian Curtis (Sam Riley), the enigmatic singer of Joy Division, whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23. "'Control' is easily one of the finest films ever made about the collision of music, madness, and the human heart," wrote the Austin Chronicle.

Presented by the International Film Society and the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, the films most often screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre, a 250-seat theater in Davies Center on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus. All 6 p.m. Sunday film screenings will be shown with closed captioning when available. Subtitles will be on (if available) in place of closed captioning when necessary.

Complete schedule information is available from the Activities and Programs office, 715-836-4833, or online.

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