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Film Fest: “The Great Gatsby” and Discussion

Fri, Mar 22, 2013, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Reinsch Library Auditorium

The Great Gatsby (1974) will be shown, followed by a panel discussion of Gatsby, Fitzgerald and the American Dream. Dr. George Cheatham, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, will head a panel of faculty and students. They will discuss such issues as whether or not this great American novel can be filmed successfully, the upcoming Baz Luhrmann adaptation, and why this novel is seen as a “must read.”

NOTE: A second film, Midnight in Paris, will begin at 3 pm, and will be followed by an acting workshop from 5 to 6 p.m. In the workshop, students will be introduced to the concept of controlled improvisation as Woody Allen, director of Midnight in Paris, uses it. Allen is known for using a script, but then encouraging actors to depart from it spontaneously--especially in dialogue.