Free Movie Nights! Nine Great Films at the Hett in 2011-12


Lebanon, Ill. — The Hett’s Film Series will present nine critically acclaimed, award-winning dramas based on two themes this season: Real and Unreal, and Dangerous Obsessions.

The series, sponsored by the Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation, is free and open to the public. Each screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts (The Hett) on Alton St. in Lebanon, Ill. The audience is encouraged to stay afterward for an informal discussion. Some films contain adult themes or language and may not be appropriate for everyone. For more information, visit the website, or call 618-537-6863.

“There is just something special about sharing the cinematic experience of a great, thought-provoking movie on a big screen with others in the audience,” said Peter Palermo, director of the Hett. 

Films that explore the “real and unreal” are:


Sept. 28: Fight Club (1999) stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton as a soap salesman and an insomniac office worker who start an underground network to help men channel their aggression into a violent new form of therapy. Rated R; 139 min.


Nov. 29: The Matrix (1999) stars Keanu Reeves as a malevolent computer hacker who learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. Rated R; 136 min.


Feb. 15, 2012: Lars and the Real Girl (2007) is about an awkwardly shy, delusional guy (Ryan Gosling) who starts a meaningful relationship with the girl of his dreams—a life-size doll he buys on the Internet. Rated PG-13; 106 min.


Mar. 6: Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) focuses on an eccentric French shopkeeper and amateur filmmaker as he attempts to capture the world of a clandestine graffiti artist, only to have the camera turned back on him. Rated R; 87 min.


Apr. 18: Being John Malkovich (1999), directed by Spike Jonze, stars John Cusack as a puppeteer who exploits his discovery ofa portal that leads straight into the movie star’s mind. Rated R; 112 min.


From a Hitchcock classic to a recent Academy Award-winning Best Picture, four films deal with dangerous obsessions:


Oct. 12: Rear Window (1954) is a suspenseful story featuring James Stewart as a wheelchair bound, voyeuristic photographer who believes one of his neighbors is a murderer. Rated PG; 112 min.


Nov. 9: The Conversation (1974) is about an intensely private electronic surveillance expert who has a crisis of conscience when he overhears that a young couple’s lives are in jeopardy. Gene Hackman stars; Francis Ford Coppola directed. Rated PG; 113 min.


Feb. 1: The Hurt Locker (2008) is an intense portrayal of an elite Army bomb squad unit in Iraq. It won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Rated R; 131 min.


Apr. 5: Dangerous Liaisons (1988) stars John Malkovich, Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer as rich and bored French aristocrats playing a high stakes games of seduction, betrayal and revenge in 18th century France. Rated R; 119 min.