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Auteur Film Series unveils secrets in 2007-08

August 31, 2007 -- In its sixth year, the Collin College Auteur Film Series is no longer a secret.

And secrets are what the 2007-08 series is all about.

This year's theme is "Secrets, Deceptions and Epiphanies: Fruit from the Cinematic Tree of Knowledge." The series supports the collegewide theme of "knowledge," which it shares with Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement's Distinguished Speaker Series.

In this year's slate of films, characters discover secrets and truths that transform their lives.

All films will be followed by a panel discussion led by Collin College faculty and staff.

All films are at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public. Screenings at the Angelika Film Center are free for Collin College faculty, staff and students and $5 for members of the community.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and some material may not be suitable for all audiences.

This year's line up includes:

VOLVER -- Monday, Sept. 17

This film is screened in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. In Volver, Raimunda and her family deal with death that paradoxically brings new life and freedom to those left behind. This movie is rated R and runs 121 minutes.

THE KILLING FIELDS -- Tuesday, Oct. 9 -- Angelika Film Center

The Killing Fields is presented in conjunction with the Collin College Book-in-Common program and follows the New York Times journalist Sydney Schanberg and local representative Dith Pran as they investigate on Cambodia after the successful coup of the communist Khmer Rouge and the subsequent murder and starvation of millions. This film is rated PG and runs 141 minutes.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING -- Thursday, Nov. 1

This adaptation of the William Shakespeare comedy follows the young lovers Hero and Claudio, who are set to be married in a week. They conspire to set a trap for the bachelor Benedick to fall in love with Beatrice. This film is rated PG-13 and runs 111 minutes.

THE CONVERSATION -- Wednesday, Nov. 28

Surveillance expert Harry Caul can record a conversation of any two people anywhere. But his conscience comes into play when a couple he is spying on, he suspects, will be murdered. He then becomes the target of surveillance and attempts to escape. This film is rated PG and runs 113.

A LESSON BEFORE DYING -- Tuesday, Feb. 5

Set in the deep South in the 1940s, a young black man is wrongly accused of murder and in his defense, his attorney argues that he did not have the sense to know what he was doing. He is convicted and sentenced to death, but the defendant's family ask a local teacher to reaffirm that his is a man with dignity and not an animal. The film is rated PG, runs 105 minutes and is screened in conjunction with African American History Month.

THE NAME OF THE ROSE -- Monday, March 3

Havoc ensues when a mysterious death takes place in a 14th century Benedictine Abbey. William of Baskerville is asked to assist in the investigation, while the Holy Inquisition comes in to exact justice. The film is rated R and runs 130 minutes.


In an attempt to avoid jail time, McMurphy convinces the system that he is crazy and needs psychiatric treatment. At the hospital, he leads a group of misfits to seek their independence from Nurse Ratched. This film is rated R and runs 133 minutes.

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY -- April 24 -- Angelika Film Center

The Mrs. Dashwood and three daughters are left in dire economic straits after Mr. Dashwood dies and English law requires that he leave his estate to his son from his first marriage. The lack of money affects the daughters' abilities to marry and restore the family's social and financial safety. This film is rated PG and runs 136 minutes.

The Spring Creek Campus Conference Center is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The Angelika Film Center is located at The Shops at Legacy, 7205 Bishop Road in Plano.

Education Through Film is a collaboration between the Auteur Film Series and the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement.

For more information about the Auteur Film Series, visit or contact Dr. Carolyn Perry at

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