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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (March 2-4, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.

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Sleepless in Seattle (Tri-Star, 1993)

Thursday, March 2 (7:30 p.m.)
Sleepless in Seattle (TriStar, 1993)
Nora Ephron directed and co-wrote this romantic comedy inspired by the 1957 film An Affair to Remember. Tom Hanks stars as widower Sam Baldwin, the father of an 8 year-old boy, who, by way of a talk radio program, gets involved in a long-distance relationship with unhappily engaged journalist Annie Reed (Meg Ryan). But will they ever actually meet in person?  The supporting cast features Bill Pullman, Rob Reiner, Rosie O’Donnell and Rita Wilson.

Friday, March 3 (7:30 pm)
Chocolat (Orion Classics, 1988)
French filmmaker Claire Denis made her directorial debut, which she also co-scripted, with this semi-autobiographical meditation on French-African colonialism. In a story told through a series of flashbacks, a young French woman contemplates her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family’s houseboy, Protee–a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty–and the intricate nature of relationships in a racist society. The film was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or Award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. It stars Isaach De Bankolé, François Cluzet and Giulia Boschi and is in French with English subtitles.

Little Women

Little Women (Columbia, 1994)

Saturday, March 4 (2:00 p.m.)
Little Women (Columbia, 1994)
This fourth feature film adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 classic novel was helmed by Australian feature film and documentary director Gillian Armstrong. The story follows the four March sisters, at home with their Marmee, as they help the poor, fight to keep their family together, and find love while their father is off fighting in the Civil War. Critically acclaimed and one of the most popular films of the year, it underscores Armstrong’s focus on portraying the intimate lives of strong female characters and their relationships with one another. The film, which stars Susan Sarandon as Marmeee, Winona Ryder as Jo, Trini Alvarado as Meg, Kirsten Dunst as Amy and Claire Danes as Beth, was nominated for three Academy Awards:  Best Actress for Winona Ryder; Best Costume Design for Colleen Atwood; and Best Original Score for composer Thomas Newman.

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