Jan. 5, 1995
Vol. 14, No. 9

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    40 years of French animation highlighted in lecture, films

    Nearly 40 years of French animated films are being featured in four screenings and a special lecture this month.

    The retrospective "Hommage au cinema francais d'animation, 1956-1992" pays tribute to the International Animated Film Festival of Annecy, France, now in its fourth decade.

    The series was organized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Center of Animated Film. It is sponsored by the Film Studies Center, Doc Films, the Chicago Group on Modern France and the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures. Films are provided courtesy of the Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

    The film series began yesterday and continues on Wednesday evenings in January (see schedule below). A lecture on contemporary animated cinema will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 12, by film historian Donald Crafton, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Before Mickey: The Animated Film, 1898-1928 and Emile Cohl, Caricature and Film. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. in the Film Studies Center, Cobb 307.

    The films are being shown at 8 p.m. in Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall. Admission to each program is $5, $3 for students. Doc Films memberships will be honored. Tickets are available only at the door. For more information, call the Doc Films Hotline at 702-8575 or the Film Studies Center at 702-8596. The film schedule follows.

    Jan. 11: "Poets, Painters, Musicians and Animated Drawings." This program will be introduced by Donald Crafton. (90 min.)

    Jan. 18: "War and Peace -- Satire and Great Causes." (90 min.)

    Jan. 25: "Fantastic Stories, Tales and Legends." (120 min.)