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Exodus screens at Modesto’s Historic State Theatre

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POSTED March 16, 2012 11:10 p.m.

MODESTO - Otto Preminger’s Exodus, dramatizing Israel’s struggle for independence, will screen this Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. at Modesto’s Historic State Theatre.

Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Lee Jay Cobb and Sal Mineo are featured in this 1960 epic. Critic David Thomson writes that even though the challenges portrayed in Exodus have hardly improved in the past seven decades, “That’s no reason to forget or reject the picture and overall feeling that intelligence and good drama can convey the conflicting points of view in a great crisis.”

Tickets for the films are $8 each and are available at the State Theatre box office weekdays from noon to 3 p.m., at, by calling 527-4697, or at the door. Discounts are available for film society members.

Kyle Barker will present a pre-film organ concert, and those attending film society events are always encouraged to dress as a character from the film, or as they would have in 1960.

The Modesto Film Society is an affiliate of the historic State Theatre and is dedicated to preserving the world’s cinematic heritage through promotion, exhibition and education. More information is available at 527-4697, by Email at or at the State’s website

The Film Society’s April presentation’s include a showing of pioneer film maker George Melies’ A Trip to the Moon, accompanied by a documentary on its restoration, on Tuesday, April 3; and a screening of the Marx Brother’s classic Duck Soup, together with Laurel and Hardy’s Oscar winning short The Music Box, on Sunday, April 15.

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