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Local newspaper highlights ‘Wonder Women Directors’ series

Normal Theater at night

Normal Theater

The Pantagraph featured Illinois State Professor William McBride’s Six Week Film School focusing on “Wonder Women Directors” in a recent article.

The Six Week Film School began in fall 2016 and features a series of films, all free of charge, following a common theme. The film screenings are then followed by a discussion of the film led by McBride.

This semester’s series will consist of the following films. All screenings are scheduled for Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Normal Theater.

January 24: Christopher Strong (1933), directed by Dorothy Arzner. The movie features Katharine Hepburn in one of her defining early roles as a free-spirited female aviator who becomes involved with a married member of British Parliament.

January 31: The Hitch-Hiker (1953), directed by Ida Lupinio. It’s about two everymen (Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) who pick up a serial-killing hitcher (William Talman) with a paralyzed eyelid that keeps him watching them, even while asleep.

February 7: A League of Their Own (1992), directed by Penny Marshall. The story of the first all-female baseball league that springs up in the Midwest, circa the World War II era.

February 21: Lost in Translation (2003), directed by Sofia Coppola. A small chamber piece about a lonely, aging movie star (Bill Murray) and a conflicted newlywed (Scarlett Johansson) who cross paths in Tokyo for a memorable encounter.

February 28: Selma (2014), directed by Ava DuVernay: McBride calls DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, “a momentous achievement.”

March 7: Wonder Woman (2017), directed by Patty Jenkins.