JUDE LAW STARS IN ECU SCREENS’ FALL FINALE

ECU SCREENS will present the film Obsession, starring Halina Reijn (left) and Jude Law, on Friday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center inside the Bill S. Cole University Center on the East Central University campus. (Photo by Jan Versweyveld).

ECU SCREENS caps its fall season with Obsession starring Jude Law (The Young Pope, The Talented Mr. Ripley) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, in the Raymond J. Estep Multimedia Center of the Bill S. Cole University Center.

Open to the public, the screening is $10 for members of the community, and $5 for students.

Jude Law “smoulders” (Daily Telegraph) in the lead role as Gino, a magnetically handsome drifter who is down-at-heel. At a road side restaurant, he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband. But in this chilling tale of passion and destruction, the crime only serves to tear them apart.

Recorded live at the Barbican Theatre in London, this new stage adaptation is based on Luchino Visconti’s 1943 film Ossessione. Visconti’s first feature film, Ossessione gave rise to the genre of Italian neo-realism – films shot in mainly real settings, foregrounding the resistance to Fascism, and the lives of the poor and dispossessed. Banned twice when it was first released in Italy, Ossessione only got proper release in Europe and the USA many years later.

The running time for this production is 1 hour and 55 minutes. There is no interval. Obsession is recommended for mature audiences.

NT Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. Next spring, ECU SCREENS will be presenting NT Live’s production of an adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m.; the new comedy Young Marx at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21; and Steven Sondheim’s Follies at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. In February, ECU SCREENS will also host ECU’s seventh Foreign Film Festival, with free screenings of foreign-language features on Fridays at 4 p.m. This year’s screenings include Neruda (Chile; Feb. 2), Nise (Brazil; Feb. 16), and a recorded live stage production from Russia on Feb. 9 (The Black Monk).

To learn more about ECU SCREENS, like the ECU SCREENS Facebook page or visit www.ecuscreens.blogspot.com. For more information about the Royal National Theatre in Great Britain and National Theatre Live, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/. Dr. Rebecca Nicholson-Weir, co-director of ECU SCREENS, may be contacted at (580) 559-5929 or rnichlsn@ecok.edu.

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