Wednesday, September 3, 2008

SXU 2008-09 film series begins with “Metropolis”

Series theme is “Film and the City”

Chicago (Sept. 3, 2008) A screening of the 1927 silent film “Metropolis” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, is the first film in the 2008-2009 SXU Film Series.

Director Fritz Lang set his classic science fiction film in the year 2027..Soaring skyscrapers and futuristic technology are the background for urban society’s timeless struggle between lower class workers and the elite few.

Decades ahead of its time, the film continues to impress contemporary audiences with its use of German expressionism and modernism, and innovative special effects. The film is set to the music of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss and contains the popular apocalyptic hymn Dies Irae.

The film is 114 minutes and will be projected by DVD. This year’s film series, titled “Film and the City,” is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, Saint Xavier’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art and Design.

For more information, please contact Film Series Director Alison Fraunhar, Ph.D., at or (773) 298-3083.


Contact: Rick Ducat
773-298-3325 or

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