The School of Film and Media Studies presented the first event in a new series called Great Films, Great Directors last Thursday.
Acclaimed film scholar Dr. James Naremore introduced the 1941 classic Citizen Kane to an audience of almost 300 people in the Performing Art Center's PepsiCo Theatre. A panel discussion followed featuring Naremore; renowned director, actor, writer, and film historian Peter Bogdanovich; and Chuck Workman, the Oscar-winning filmmaker and visiting associate professor of film.
"It was fun–the students asked good questions," said Bogdanovich. "They're nice. Very bright students, I thought," he added, as reported in the Harrison Daily Voice.
The event was the first in a series of programs for the Friends and Alumni of Film and Media Studies. "The screening of Orson Welles's Citizen Kane was an auspicious kick-off to our Alumni and Friends of FMS chapter. The audience stayed until late into the evening, rapt by the personal stories and expertise about Welles recounted by our two speakers, Peter Bogdanovich and Professor James Naremore. Together, they provided deep insight into the film and regaled everyone with colorful impressions and anecdotes about the great director and his career," reports Michelle Stewart, chair of the School of Film and Media Studies.
Special support was provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.