Jack Nicholson's had it hard. He's had his nose slit, been beaten by crutches and had his post-coital pillow talk interrupted by mysterious phone calls. And things are going to get worse for him, as viewers of Chinatown well know. A 35 mm print of the neo-noir classic will be on the big screen this Friday as a part of UNC's UniVarsity Film Series, presented in Chapel Hill's historic Varsity Theatre. The series will continue later this fall with Rosemary's Baby and The Pianist. Each screening will have an introduction from a UNC professor, and the audience is invited to stay for a discussion following the film as well.
Dr. Shayne Legassie, professor of English and comparative literature and promoter of the series, explains that this year's series will be different from those of the past, particularly because this is the first year the series has moved off campus. "We hoped this would allow more undergraduates to know about our film major and give graduate students, faculty and other university employees a chance to discuss film outside of a classroom setting," says Legassie. "Most importantly of all, from the start we imagined that this would be a great opportunity to screen and discuss some great movies with the general public."
Legassie says the choice to feature a Roman Polanski film had nothing to do with recent developments in his decades-long legal troubles; instead, Legassie says, many of his students are simply very interested in 1970s cinema, particularly that of Polanski. Don't miss all of the neo-noir, face-slapping fun this Friday at 9 p.m., with an introduction by Gregg Flaxman, a professor of English and comparative literature. The screening is free and open to the public. —Lauren Shute