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Dallas on Film!

| June 26, 2012 | Calendar

Join the Dallas Museum of Art for a summer film series, in collaboration with the Dallas Film Society, celebrating the museum's special exhibition, Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas. Focusing on the city itself, this series will show a selection of films, all filmed in Dallas, featuring landmarks such as the original Neiman Marcus store downtown and the mansions of Swiss Avenue, with introductions by various Dallas experts. The series is every Thursday at 7PM, beginning July 12 through Aug. 16.

July 12: Bonnie & Clyde (1967). Notorious bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow led their gang on a legendary crime spree, leaving a string of violent robberies and newspaper headlines in their wake. This film features scenes in Dallas, Denton, Garland and rural Texas. Introduction: Catherine Horsey, Executive Director, La Reunion, will discuss the history of West Dallas.

July 19: The Store (1983). Serving as the flagship store and corporate headquarters, the downtown Dallas Neiman Marcus building is the setting for this documentary, focusing on shoppers and the employees of the grand emporium during the holiday season. Introduction: Jackie McElhaney, historian, will discuss the history of department stores, including Neiman Marcus.

July 26: Juke Joint (1947). Dallas-based company Sack Amusement Entertainment produced and distributed a large number of race films in the '30s and '40s, a collection that was restored in 1985. Starring Spencer Williams and dancer-comedian July Jones, the movie tells the story of Honeydew Holiday, an aspiring beauty queen, her family, Mama Lou and Papa Sam and one disreputable juke joint. Juke Joint is from the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection, part of The G. William Jones Film & Video Collection, the Hamon Arts Library at Southern Methodist University. Introduction: Rick Worland, Professor of Film & Media Arts, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU will discuss the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection.

Aug. 2: The Night of the White Pants (2006). Showcasing the mansions of Swiss Avenue and the Doublewide, this film takes the patriarch of a distinguished but crumbling Dallas family on a wild ride through East Dallas with his daughter's punk rock boyfriend. Introduction: Amy Talkington, Director and Dallas native, will discuss her film.

Aug. 9: Talk Radio (1988). Shot exclusively in Dallas and set in the city, Oliver Stone's film examines the life of a caustic radio talk show host, Barry, just as his controversial show is about to be launched nationwide. But his life is far from perfect, as he deals with his troubled love life, the network and the public he has angered with his forthright opinions. Introduction: James Faust, Artistic Director, Dallas Film Society, will discuss the film industry in Dallas.

Aug. 16: Logan's Run (1976). Filmed throughout the metroplex, Logan's Run tells a futuristic tale of an idyllic life of pleasure within a domed city—with a catch. Life ends at 30, when citizens are sent to Carousel and life is terminated. Only the brave become runners, seeking escape from the city and into the real world. Introduction: Greg Brown, Program Director, Dallas Center for Architecture, will discuss the architecture of Dallas, featured prominently in the film.


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