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Popular film series returns

James Karen
9/2/2005 —

Film, Food, & Fun Facts: A Film & Discussion Series, featuring five classic movies with ties to northeastern Pennsylvania, will return to Penn State Wilkes-Barre this fall. William Bachman, instructor in Communication Arts & Sciences at the campus, will guide participants through "The Graduate," on Sept. 30, "The Apartment" on Oct. 7, "The China Syndrome" on Oct. 14, "No Time for Sergeants" on Oct. 21 and "All About Eve" on Oct. 28. The movies will be shown from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Science Center auditorium. Each film’s distinct connection to our area will be explored during discussions following the film’s showing.

According to Bachman, actor James Karen will be interviewed by phone from his home in Hollywood following the preview of "The China Syndrome." The release of this film within days of the real Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear accident caused many to wonder if the TMI incident was a promotion for the movie! Karen, a Wilkes-Barre native, is a veteran of Broadway, television, and film. In the 1940’s, after being encouraged by U.S. Congressman Daniel J. Flood to pursue a career in acting, Karen soon found himself on Broadway in "A Streetcar Named Desire." Since that time he has accrued an impressive number of stage, film and television credits.

Other notable actors in the film series hail from West Pittston, Nanticoke, and Kingston. Light refreshments that complement the ethnic group cuisine or the historic theme of each film will be served. Penn State students can enroll in this film course at a discounted rate and earn one credit.

For more information, or to register, contact Denise Belles at 570-675-9117, wbce@outreach.psu.edu or visit www.wb.psu.edu/ce

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