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Modesto Film Society screens two cinema classics

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POSTED September 26, 2012 9:04 p.m.

MODESTO - Just in time for the 2012 presidential election, the Modesto Film Society’s Cinema Club presents the political satire “Being There” on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., at Modesto’s Historic State Theatre.

 Starring Peter Sellers, Shirley McClaine and Melvyn Douglas, “Being There” features Sellers as a childlike man whose utterances are regarded as brilliant by political kingmakers. Critic Leonard Maltin describes the film as featuring, “low-keyed black humor and full of savagely witty comments on American life in the television age.” MJC professor Emeritus Gary Phillips will lead the post film discussion.

“The Night of the Hunter”, the only film directed by Charles Laughton, is the film society’s classic presentation for the month, showing on Sunday, October 21, at 3 p.m. at The State. Starring Robert Mitchum as a sinister traveling minister, Shelly Winters as his vulnerable new bride and screen veteran Lillian Gish. The Night of the Hunter is a classic rendering of the battle between good and evil. 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 1955, when the film was released.

Tickets for both Being There and The Night of the Hunter are $8 each and are available at The State Theatre box office weekdays from noon to 3 p.m., at www.thestate.org, by calling 527-4697, or at the door. Discounts are available for film society members.

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