See Nine Great Films for Free at the Hett

Lebanon, Ill. — See nine critically acclaimed, award-winning dramas for free at McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts this season. The Film Art Series returns with two themes: Music in Film, and The Hopeful and the Hopeless.

The series, sponsored by the Leon and Helen Church Family Foundation, is open to the public. Each screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at 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, or call (618) 537-6863.

The series starts on Tuesday, Oct. 2 with Koyaanisqatsi (1982), a visual concert of expert photography with an environmental theme, set to the haunting music of Phillip Glass. At 7 p.m. before the film, saxophone instructor Nathan Mandel will lead a discussion about the composer. There will also be an art show in the Hett lobby.

Three other movies illustrate the powerful effect of music in film:

Oct. 30: Psycho (1960) is director Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful classic about a young motel proprietor dominated for too long by his mother. Rated TV-14; 109 min.

Jan. 29, 2013: The Pianist (2002) is the story of a brilliant Polish Jewish musician’s struggle to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. Rated R; 150 min.

Apr. 4: The Artist (2011) is an ingenious silent film about a 1920s movie star and a young dancer set for a big break. Rated PG-13; 100 min.

Five films contrast The Hopeful and the Hopeless:

Oct. 17: Moneyball (2011) stars Brad Pitt as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who used computer analysis to put together a competitive baseball team on a budget. Rated PG-13; 133 min.

Nov. 13: Slumdog Millionaire (2008) is the story of a teenager from the Mumbai slums who is suspected of cheating when he competes successfully on India’s version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Rated R; 120 min.

Nov. 28: Winter’s Bone (2010) stars Jennifer Lawrence as a tough Ozark Mountain teenager trying to keep her family intact as she tracks down her drug-dealing father. Rated R; 100 min.

Feb. 13, 2013: Brokeback Mountain (2005) depicts a forbidden, secretive lifelong bond between a young ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy. Rated R; 134 min.

March 19: The Wages of Fear (French, 1953) takes place in a South American village where men must transport nitroglycerine without the equipment to make it safe. Not rated; 131 min.


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The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts—“The Hett”—is Southern Illinois’ premier performing arts venue, presenting world class dance, drama, classical music and jazz. The 488-seat auditorium is located on the McKendree University campus in Lebanon, Illinois, 25 miles from downtown St. Louis.