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Auteur Series Takes Woody Allen Classic To The Movies

March 9, 2010 – Film and Woody Allen fans are in for a treat as the Collin College Auteur Film Series hosts a free screening of The Purple Rose of Cairo.

The screening is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

The Purple Rose of Cairo features Mia Farrow as the Depression-era waitress from New Jersey, Cecilia, who escapes her dreary life and verbally-abusive husband by going to the movies. After losing her job, Cecilia goes to the movies once again to drown her sorrow only to have Tom Baxter, the star of the film, walk off the screen to help “save” Cecilia from her life. Meanwhile, Hollywood revolts in reaction to Baxter’s abandonment of the still ongoing film.

This year’s Auteur Film Series theme is “Meta-Cinema: Movies About The Movies,” films where filmmaking itself plays a central role in the film.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Some material may not be suitable for all audiences. The film is rated PG.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion led by Collin College faculty and staff.

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

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Carolyn Perry at

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