Films of 50 Years Ago In Focus at Two-Day Symposium

The 50th Anniversary Celebration of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences continues with the two-day film symposium, 1962 at the Movies: A Mini-Course in Film Culture, on February 29 and March 1 in Sweigart Auditorium. Dr. Gerald Peary ’64 and Dr. Joe McElhaney of Hunter College are featured speakers.
Friday, February 24, 2012

In 1962, while Lawrence of Arabia, To Kill a Mockingbird and Dr. No filled movie theaters from coast to coast, Gerald Peary ’64 was spending his undergraduate days on Rider’s Lawrenceville campus. At the same time, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences was also in the midst of its first year after a reorganization of Rider’s academic model.

Fifty years later, the paths of Peary, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the films of 1962 will once again cross on the Lawrenceville campus when Rider hosts An Evening with Author and Director Dr. Gerald Peary ’64 on Wednesday, February 29, in Sweigart Auditorium. Following a 5:15 p.m. reception, Peary, an internationally renowned critic and film historian, will present a screening of his acclaimed feature documentary, For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism, at 6:30, followed by a discussion at 7:30.

The event, part of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50th Anniversary celebration, is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences; the Film and Media Studies Program; and the Department of English Cinema Studies concentration program.

Peary has had his articles on cinema appear in such newspapers as The Los Angeles Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Chicago Tribune and The Boston Globe, as well as in film periodicals the world over, including Film Comment, Cineaste, Sight and Sound, and Positif. Since 1996, Peary has been a weekly film critic and columnist for the Boston Phoenix, and is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics. For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism is Peary’s first film.

An Evening with Author and Director Dr. Gerald Peary ’64 is part of the Film and Media Studies Program’s two day film symposium, 1962 at the Movies: A Mini-Course in Film Culture, on February 29 and March 1 in Sweigart Auditorium.

The symposium will feature film screenings, faculty roundtables, student/faculty presentation panels, a student film festival, and an address by noted film scholar and author Dr. Joe McElhaney of Hunter College, City University of New York. McElhaney’s talk, “Purely Geographical: Politics as Space and Movement in Advise and Consent,” will concentrate on the classic 1962 film directed by Otto Preminger and starring, among others, Henry Fonda and Charles Laughton.

 

Schedule: 1962 at the Movies: A Mini-Course in 1962 Film Culture

Wednesday, February 29

 Film Criticism and Film Culture in 1962 and Beyond 

 

10 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Screenings

10 to 11:45 a.m. – Cape Fear

11:50 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. – Lonely Boy (Canada)

12:30 p.m. to 1p.m. – La Jetée (France)

1:10 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. – The Manchurian Candidate

 

3:25 to 3:45 p.m. – Roundtable:

Responses to The Manchurian Candidate

 

3:50 to 4:40 p.m. – Student Paper Panel:

Film Censorship, Race, and Gender

 

4:45 to 5:15 p.m. – Kickoff: 1962 at the Movies

5:15 to 5:50p.m. – Reception for Students, Faculty, Guests

6 to 7:30 p.m. – Screening

Dr. Gerald Peary ’64, international film critic and scholar, introduces his documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism.

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Keynote Address

Dr. Peary addresses the state of U.S. film criticism and 1962 film culture at Rider.

8:45 to 9:45 p.m. – Roundtable: Film and Culture in the Early 1960s

 

Thursday, March 1

An Industry in Transition

 

9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Student-Faculty Panels:

Unforgettable 1962 Movies

 

9:45 to 10:30 a.m. – A Medley of Genres

Students and faculty discuss the thriller Cape Fear; the first James Bond film, Dr. No; the horror film King Kong vs. Godzilla; the musi­cal Gypsy; and the animated feature The Sword in the Stone.

10:35 to 11:20 a.m. – Literature Speaks to Film

Lolita

The Trial

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

 

 1:10 to 3:30 p.m. – Screening:

Advise and Consent

This classic 1962 film about power and politics will be the subject of this evening’s feature address.

 

3:35 to 5 p.m. – Student-Faculty Panels:

Unforgettable 1962 Movies

 

3:35 to 4:15 p.m. – Global Impact

The Exterminating Angel (Mexico)

Knife in the Water (Poland)

Le Doulos (France)

Cleo from 5 to 7 (France)

4:20 to 5 p.m. – Based on a True Story

The Guns of Navarone

Lawrence of Arabia (U.K.)

Birdman of Alcatraz

 

5:10 to 6 p.m. – Student Paper Panel:

Film Form and Subjectivity

 

6 to 6:45 – Reception for Students, Faculty, Guests

7 to 8 p.m. – Featured Speaker:

Dr. Joe McElhaney, Hunter College/CUNY film scholar and author

“Purely Geographical: Politics as Space and Movement in Advise and Consent

8:10 to 9 p.m. – Roundtable: The 1960s Film Industry

9:15 to 10:30 p.m. – Student Film Festival and Competition

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Gerald Peary '64 will will present a screening of his acclaimed feature documentary on February 29.