Free Rosalind Russell Film Showcase
Teaneck, NJ (March 14, 2006)—“Rare Russell,” a four-part film series showcasing the work of screen and stage actress Rosalind Russell, will be held throughout the month of April on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ. The films, extremely popular in their time but rarely shown today, were chosen from the University’s Columbia Collection, which consists of more than 200 16mm. prints and tapes of Columbia’s vintage works.
Each film will be introduced by Dr. Bernard F. Dick, FDU professor of communication, coordinator of the M.A. program in media and professional communication and author of the forthcoming biography on Rosalind Russell, “Forever Mame,” to be published this summer by the University Press of Mississippi.
The first film in the series, “My Sister Eileen,” will be shown on Sunday, April 2, 2006, in FDU’s Weiner Library Auditorium at 1 p.m. Russell won her first Oscar nomination for her role in “My Sister Eileen” (1942). Based on a Broadway hit, the film tells the story of two sisters from Ohio who try to find success in New York. The film was later turned into a smash Broadway musical with a score by Leonard Bernstein titled “Wonderful Town,” which marked Russell’s musical comedy debut.
The second film in the series, “What a Woman!” (1943) will be shown on April 9. Russell plays a talent agent determined to make a movie star out of an English professor who has written a bestseller. Unlike so many career vs. marriage films of the period, “What a Woman!” took a liberal position on an issue that many women faced during the period.
On April 23, “She Wouldn’t Say Yes” (1945) will feature Russell as a psychiatrist tricked into marriage by her father. The film was originally condemned by the Legion of Decency and has some unusually racy dialogue, despite the restrictions of the Production Code that was then in existence.
In “A Woman of Distinction” (1950), which will be shown on April 30, Russell plays an ice-cold college dean who feels there is no room in her life for romance. When a British professor (Ray Milland) enters the picture, a desperate lecture bureau press agent magnifies the feelings of the two dignified principals into a great romance.
This series is free and open to the public. FDU’s Weiner Library Auditorium is located on River Road in Teaneck, NJ. For further information on this film series, call 201-692-7028.