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CCCCD Learning Communities Hosts Film Series

CCCCD Learning Communities Hosts Film Series

March 4, 2004 - Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) Learning Communities begins its Spring film series with "The Front" at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 4 in room F249 at the Preston Ridge Campus, 9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco. The movie is free and open to the public.

The McCarthy-era "witch hunts" in the entertainment industry sets the stage for this comedy/drama set in the 1950s. Howard Prince (Woody Allen) is a cashier at a corner bar who works as a small-time bookie on the side, with little success. One day, Howard's old friend Alfred Miller (Michael Murphy), a successful television writer, makes a business proposal to him; Alfred's leftist political views have resulted in him being blacklisted from the major television networks, and he can no longer get work. Alfred asks Howard to act as a "front" -- Howard puts his name on Alfred's scripts, sells them, and takes a cut of the payment for his trouble. Howard's new career as a "writer" is an instant success, and soon Howard is fronting for a handful of blacklisted scribes while earning a healthy income and becoming the toast of the television industry; another fringe benefit is a romance with beautiful network employee Florence Barrett (Andrea Marcovicci). However, comic Hecky Brown (Zero Mostel), who had a brief fling with socialism years before, now finds his past catching up with him, and he's told in order to save his job as host of a weekly television show, he has to get the goods on some suspicious figures, among them Howard Prince, whose background looks a little too clean for comfort. The Front was written by Walter Bernstein, who was himself blacklisted during the 1950s, as were co-stars Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, and Lloyd Gough. - Mark Deming, All Movie Guide.

Following the film, there will be a brief discussion from several academic disciplines. Some of the movies shown in this film series may contain controversial themes and may not be suitable for all audiences.

For more information, call Tracey Elliott at 972.377.1662.