Thursday, September 2, 2010

SXU begins 2010-11 film series with Modern Times

First in “Working on Film” series

Chicago (Sept. 2, 2010) Saint Xavier University will screen the 1936 film Modern Times at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 16 in McGuire Hall, Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Charlie Chaplin’s iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world in Modern Times. The film is a comment on the desperate employment and fiscal conditions many people faced during the Great Depression; conditions caused, in Chaplin's view, by the dehumanizing efficiency of modern industrialization. Starring Chaplin, Paulette Godard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford and Chester Conklin.

Modern Times is the first of six movies in Saint Xavier’s 2010-11 film series, “Working on Film.” This year’s film series offers an array of screenings that shed light on the experience of labor: how and where people work and the ways that work affects personal life. These stories of work span 80 years of film making and stretch across the globe, linked by the universality of work and human dignity. Upcoming films include El Norte, Bitter Rice, Killer of Sheep, Norma Rae and Baran.

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

-SXU-

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Jay Foot, Executive Director of Media Relations
O: (773) 298-3937
C: (773) 617-3632
foot@sxu.edu

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