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‘L.A. Confidential’ Screening is April 28 in ‘Film After Noir’ Series

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, April 28, with a screening of L.A. Confidential (1997, Curtis Hanson, 134 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB. L.A. Confidential is an epic take on film after noir during an era in which big-budget feature films vie for audiences with “law and order” television series. Attention to visual and audio details evokes the postwar Los Angeles chronicled by James Ellroy in his L.A. Quartet.

UI Panel Discussion Focuses on Middle East, North Africa April 21

The political and social climate of the Middle East and North Africa will be examined in “The Arab Spring: Interpreting the Current Events,” a panel discussion featuring a group of local experts, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the International Programs Commons, Room 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

‘Body Heat’ Screening is April 14 in ‘Film After Noir’ Series

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, April 14, with a screening of Body Heat (1981, Lawrence Kasdan, 113 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB. During a South Florida heat wave, Matty Tyler (Kathleen Turner) begins an affair with Ned Racine (William Hurt), who is sleepwalking through a mediocre career as a small-town lawyer with too much time on his hands. Drawn by his lust for Matty, Ned finds himself in over his head in murder and betrayal. Much like Fred McMurray’s Walter Neff in Double Indemnity, Ned winds up with neither the girl nor the money. But at least Ned’s not dead.

Women after The Wall Fell

The following commentary by Peggy Mills appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Mills is a professor of Russian at The University of Iowa.

It is not a widely known fact that the Bolshevik Party legally granted “equal rights” for women in the 1918 Family Code. These laws removed...


The ‘Facebook’ Revolution in North Africa is Baraza topic April 18

The so-called “Jasmine Revolution,” the fierce sandstorms of mass protests that started in Tunisia in 2010 and are currently sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East–leaving in their wake fleeing dictators, cowed autocrats, and countries in war and turmoil–were whipped up on social media sites in cyberspace before they took human form in real space. The revolt of the proverbial “Arab street” was incubated in the online social media.

‘Film After Noir’ Screening Features ‘The American Friend’ April 7

Con artist Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) travels between the U.S. and Europe selling forged paintings at inflated prices. Approached by a Parisian racketeer looking for someone to murder a rival, Ripley points him to a picture framer, Jonathan Zimmermann (Bruno Ganz), allegedly dying of a blood disease and in need of money to help his family. The racketeer (Gérard Blain) persuades Zimmermann to commit a first murder in Paris. When he proposes a second hit to take place on a train, Tom steps in to help.

April WorldCanvass to focus on Russian and Eastern European women and their aspirations in the 21st century

Join us on April 8 when WorldCanvass guests examine the public and private lives of women in Russia and Eastern Europe during the years since the collapse of the Soviet era. An international panel of guests will highlight the themes of a major conference taking place at the University of Iowa on April 7 and 8 called “20 Years after the Berlin Wall: Women’s Shifting Roles and Status in Post-Communist Europe.”