Flashback 1962: MIAC to present classic films at 70 cents a pop

Classic Films
Chubby Checker’s “twist,” pageboys and headbands, “Wagon Train,” Twiggy, English Leather, Woodstock – the Sixties were a defining chapter in America’s past.

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture (MIAC) will bring the Sixties to life through a new Classic Film Series, presenting memorable films from 1962 on select Sundays December through April. Best of all, MIAC is charging 1962 ticket prices so 70 cents is all the more you’ll need to go to the movies – that’s $1.40 to take a date, or $2.80 to entertain a family of four.

Mercyhurst arts management majors, working with MIAC director Jamie Grady, and History Club students, advised by history professor John Olszowka, will manage the events.

Following is the lineup for the upcoming Classic Film Series. All films are in Taylor Little Theater. For more information, call 824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu. Tickets will be available at the door only.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m.

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated into this Academy Award winning film in 1962. Set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s, To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on scrupulously honest, highly respected lawyer Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck. Finch puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout. The film won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Peck), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction and ranks 25th on the American Film Institute’s 10th Anniversary list of the greatest American movies of all time. Runtime: 129 minutes

How the West Was Won
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2 p.m.

Created by three legendary directors (Henry Hathaway, John Ford, and George Marshall) and starring James Stewart, John Wayne and Gregory Peck, this star-studded Western adventure is a true cinematic classic. How the West Was Won tells the story of three families and their travels from the Erie Canal to California between 1839 and 1889. The movie won three Oscars: screenplay, film editing and sound production. Runtime: 164 minutes

Lawrence of Arabia
Sunday, Mar. 10, 2 p.m.

This sweeping, historical epic covers the Allies' mid-eastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole, in the role that made him a star). Screenwriters Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson used T. E. Lawrence's own self-published memoir, "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom," as their principal source for this classic that went on to win seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Runtime: 216 minutes

Dr. No
Sunday, Apr. 21, 2 p.m.

Dr. No is the first of a long line of screen adventures featuring the unflappable British Secret Service Agent 007 or James Bond. Starring the legendary Sean Connery, Dr. No tells the story of Bond being sent to Jamaica to investigate the murders of a British agent and his secretary. During his investigation, he comes into contact with the evil and unscrupulous Chinese scientist Dr. No who is hard at work in a nuclear laboratory. In this classic film, Connery sets the standard by which all future takers must measure themselves as the iconic character that is James Bond. Runtime: 110 minutes
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