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February 11, 2011

ULM film series continues with showing of "Black Orpheus" on Feb. 24

The University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Arts and Sciences and the English Department continues its new ULM Film Series at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in Room 100 of Stubbs Hall.

The renowned film "Black Orpheus" (1959), a retelling of the Greek myth set in Brazil during Mardi Gras, is February's featured film. All films in the series are free and open to the public.

The series features one film per month, offering selections from the classic cinema, art cinema, independent, foreign, and documentary repertoire.

Other films this semester will include Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Rear Window" (1954); the hugely popular French film "Amélie," about a quirky romance; and the horror flick, "Army of Darkness" (1994), set in 1300 A.D.

The series is the brainchild of Assistant Professor of English Jana Giles and Instructor of English Amy Johnson.

Northeast Louisiana has no arts cinema, nor do the campuses at Louisiana Tech University or Grambling University, according to Giles and Johnson.

The films are meant to be both fun and educational, the organizers say.

Filmgoers should know that since the series is sponsored by a college campus, the films were chosen with a college-age audience in mind.

The series is also designed to be intellectually stimulating and may contain ideas that are challenging or unpopular for some viewers; the films shown do not necessarily represent the views of the university or any of its staff.

Concessions will not be offered, and audience members are asked to not bring food or drink.

For a complete listing of upcoming dates, visit the ULM English Department Web site at, or call the department at 318-342-1485.

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