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Varsity Theater Hosts Films and Discussion with Dr. Walter Metz

October 14, 2019

On Wednesday nights at 7pm in October and November 2019, we will briefly explore the concept of duration in storytelling, and then screen an intriguing film that illustrates the problems narrative artists encounter when deciding how and why to begin and end their work. Then, after the screening, a spirited discussion of the film!

For additional information, please visit the Varsity Theater Upcoming Films page.


Here is the list of films to be explored:  

Wednesday, October 16
Smoke (Wayne Wang, 1995): 1990s boutique studio, Miramax’s feature-film expansion of Paul Auster’s “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story,” first published on Christmas Day, 1991 in The New York Times
Wednesday, October 23
Short Cuts (Robert Altman, 1993): An epic mash-up featuring two dozen characters from an array of short stories by one of the great masters of the form, Raymond Carver. 
Wednesday, October 30
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Norman Z. McLeod, 1947): The Classical Hollywood Cinema adaptation of James Thurber’s early example of micro-fiction, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (1939), with comparisons to Ben Stiller’s masterpiece, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). 
Wednesday, November 6
Sling Blade (Billy Bob Thornton, 1996): 1990s boutique studio, Miramax’s feature-length version of George Hickenlooper’s short film, Some Folks Call It A Sling Blade (1995). 
Wednesday, November 13
Lumiere and Company (1995): In a startling omnibus film, major directors from around the world produce one-minute films using the Lumiere Cinematographe, one of the first film cameras. 
Wednesday, November 20
The Swimmer (Frank Perry, 1970): Burt Lancaster stars in a feature-length adaptation of John Cheever’s short story, “The Swimmer,” first published in The New Yorker in 1964.