Bergman, Hollywood Classics Coming in July

Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman star in Notorious. The film will be shown free on July 9 as part of the second annual Wesleyan Summer Film Series.
Posted 06/25/08
Ingrid Bergman and four legendary leading men are coming to campus thanks to the Center for Film Studies and the City of Middletown.

“Ingrid Bergman and her Hollywood Leading Men” is the title of the second annual Wesleyan Summer Film Series. The free event will be held at Center for Film Studies’ Goldsmith Family Cinema and feature four films starring Bergman that will be screened on successive Wednesday nights in July at 8 p.m. Each film will include an introduction and question and answer session by a faculty and guest presenter.

The series begins on Wednesday, July 9, with the Alfred Hitchcock classic Notorious, co-starring Cary Grant. Casablanca, which features Bergman with Humphrey Bogart, screens on July 16. On July 23, Charles Boyer shares the screen with Bergman in Gaslight. The series concludes with Bing Crosby co-starring in The Bells of Saint Mary’s.

A gala reception is planned at the end of the film on July 9, and a basic reception will be offered for the other programs.

The film series is in part sponsored by a special initiative grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. As part of this project, Wesleyan is partnering with the City of Middletown, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business District to present the CineFare Middletown program. The idea is to encourage film-goers to visit local Middletown restaurants prior to the films. Restaurants participating will have CineFare posters in their windows. The Middletown Transit Authority (MTA) has also been contracted to provide shuttle services from the downtown area to Wesleyan on the evenings of the film series.

By David Pesci, director of media relations