Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Department of Performing Arts is featuring the films of legendary actor Jack Lemmon in its first February Film Series. "The Jack Lemmon Legacy" will showcase comedic classics of the man affectionately known as "the extraordinary ordinary man." Films will be presented on selected Saturdays in February with introductions and talks by guest film critics. The film screenings will follow each of the introductory discussions, which begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre.
On Feb. 12, Robert Kagan, chair of the communications department at Manchester Community College (MCC), will introduce "The Out of Towners." Kagan is an active documentary filmmaker and director of the monthly International Film Festival at MCC. He has facilitated film programs at the Wadsworth Atheneum and Real Art Ways in Hartford.
On Feb. 26, Scott Higgins, associate professor of film studies at Wesleyan University, will introduce "The Front Page." Higgins has authored several books including "Harnessing the Technicolor Rainbow" and "Media Studies." He specializes in the history, aesthetics and theory of American cinema.
The series has already featured Deborah Gaudet, curator of film and theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, who introduced "The Odd Couple" on Feb. 5. Gaudet currently sits on the Board of CATO (Connecticut Association of Theater Owners). She has been a featured speaker at various institutions and has attended and taken groups to film festivals around the world including the Febio Fest in Prague, Czech Republic; Thessaloniki Film Festival in Greece; and the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain.
The February Film series is presented in partnership with The Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities at St. Joseph College, which will show four Lemmon films. Admission is free for Eastern students; $5 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni and groups of ten or more; and $10 for the general public. For information about the films shown at Eastern, call the box office at (860) 465-5123. For information on films shown at St. Joseph, call their box office at (860) 231-5555.