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‘Dallas on Film!’ with the Dallas Museum of Art

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We join the Dallas Museum of Art for a special series of films shot in Dallas to celebrate the museum’s Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas exhibition.

From studio classics to modern independents, documentaries to sci-fi tales, the series presents Dallas from many different viewpoints. Each screening includes a presentation from a local expert who will detail each film’s ties to the city. Screenings start at 7 p.m. each Thursday, from July 12 to August 16, in the DMA’s Horchow Auditorium. Films are included with admission to the museum; DFS and DMA members admitted free.

“With the summer exhibition Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas, we were excited to be able to focus on Dallas in our programming,” says the museum’s director of adult programming, Liz Menz. “Grosz was a German Expressionist artist commissioned by Leon Harris, Jr., of A. Harris and Company department store fame, to visit Dallas in 1952 and then create images of the city, featuring some of the most well-known scenes. Presenting a series of films actually shot in Dallas, with so many recognizable buildings and locations, was a natural connection for us!”

THE SCHEDULE

July 12: BONNIE AND CLYDE
Introduction: Catherine Horsey, Executive Director of La Reunion, will discuss the history of West Dallas.
Notorious bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow led their gang on a legendary crime spree, leaving a string of violent robberies and newspaper headlines in their wake. This film features scenes in Dallas, Denton, Garland, and rural Texas. This film is rated R. (112 mins.).

July 19: THE STORE
Introduction: Jackie McElhaney, historian, will discuss the history of department stores, including Neiman Marcus.

Serving as the flagship store and corporate headquarters, the downtown Dallas Neiman Marcus building is the setting for this documentary, focusing on shoppers and the employees of the grand emporium during the holiday season. This film is not rated. (118 mins.).

July 26: JUKE JOINT
Introduction: Rick Worland, Professor of Film & Media Arts, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University will discuss the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection.

Dallas-based company Sack Amusement Entertainment produced and distributed a large number of race films in the 1930s and 40s, a collection that was restored in 1985. Juke Joint, starring Spencer Williams, the actor famous for Amos ‘n’ Andy, and dancer-comedian July Jones, tells the story of Honeydew Holiday, an aspiring beauty queen, her family, Mama Lou and Papa Sam, and one disreputable juke joint. This film is not rated. (70 mins)

August 2: THE NIGHT OF THE WHITE PANTS
Introduction: Amy Talkington, Director and Dallas native, will discuss her film.

Showcasing the mansions of Swiss Avenue and the Doublewide, this film takes the patriarch of a distinguished but crumbling Dallas family on a wild ride through East Dallas with his daughter’s punk rock boyfriend. This film is rated R (87 mins.).

August 9: TALK RADIO
Introduction: James Faust, Artistic Director, Dallas Film Society, will discuss the film industry in Dallas.

Shot exclusively in Dallas and set in the city, Oliver Stone’s film examines the life of a caustic radio talk show host, Barry, just as his controversial show is about to be launched nationwide. But his life is far from perfect, as he deals with his troubled love life, the network, and the public he has angered with his forthright opinions. This film is rated R (110 mins.).

August 16: LOGAN’S RUN
Introduction: Greg Brown, Program Director, Dallas Center for Architecture, will discuss the architecture of Dallas, featured prominently in the film.

Filmed throughout the Metroplex, Logan’s Run tells a futuristic tale of an idyllic life of pleasure within a domed city—with a catch. Life ends at 30, when citizens are sent to Carousel and life is terminated. Only the brave become runners, seeking escape from the city and into the real world. This film is rated PG (119 mins.).

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