Festival of Influential Films
Teaneck, NJ (January 31, 2006) – Four influential films from the Columbia Pictures Archive at Fairleigh Dickinson University will be screened on FDU’s Metropolitan campus throughout the spring. The first film in the series, “A Raisin in the Sun,” will be shown on Tuesday, February 21, at 7 p.m. in the Weiner Library Auditorium.
The 1961 film tells the story of a man struggling with his socioeconomic status, conflicts over religion, and institutional racism in Chicago. Starring Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil, the film is a powerful look at one African American family’s strength during a time of intense racism and segregation. The screening is free and open to the public.
Other films in the series include the March 7 screening of “His Girl Friday,” a 1940 comedy starring screen legends Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell; the March 21 showing of “Pal Joey,” a 1957 Rodgers and Hart musical starring Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak and Frank Sinatra, who won a Golden Globe Award for his performance, and “All the King’s Men,” a 1949 drama about the rise of a politician who along the way loses his innocence, to be shown on April 4.
The film series is sponsored by the Weiner Library in cooperation with the Fort Lee Film Commission. Founded in 2000, the Fort Lee Film Commission is a non-profit organization that works to preserve films made in Fort Lee. The organization also promotes filmmakers who support Fort Lee’s role as the birthplace of the American film industry.
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Weiner Library Auditorium is located on River Road in Teaneck, NJ. For further information on this film series, call 201-692-2138.