COLUMBIA — Organizers of a film series at MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology know better than anybody that part of attracting patrons is connecting with them. That's part of the motivation behind the MAA Free Film Series, which began its new season Friday with a showing of the 1953 classic "Roman Holiday," which was linked to the centennial celebration of the Missouri School of Journalism and a new exhibit at the museum, "Missouri through Lens and Palette."
The next movie in the series, "Network," is also intended to coincide with the centennial.
Films included in the MAA Free Film Series are shown at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays in Room 106, Pickard Hall, in the Museum of Art and Archaeology, Ninth Street and University Avenue, on Francis Quadrangle, MU. The schedule through mid-January is:
- Sept. 18: "Network" (1976)
- Oct. 3: "Barry Lyndon" (1975)
- Oct. 16: "His Girl Friday" (1940)
- Nov. 7: "The Stunt Man" (1980)
- Nov. 20: "Missing" (1982)
- Dec. 5: "All the President's Men" (1976)
- Dec. 18: "Age of Innocence" (1993)
- Jan. 15: "The Lion in Winter" (1968)
The films help flesh out the broader picture behind the exhibits, said W. Arthur Mehrhoff, academic coordinator for the museum.
"I'd like to see the students take a look at them," Mehrhoff said. "The films can bring the exhibits to life — you can see them in the context of a story."
Launched seven years ago, the film series lasted for two seasons before it was discontinued until 2007.
Bruce Cox, assistant director for the museum, and Cathy Callaway, associate museum educator, resurrected the series, which Cox said has been more successful every semester.
Other upcoming films are "Barry Lyndon," which ties into an exhibit of works by painter and engraver William Hogarth. "Marriage à la Mode," which will run from October through February 2009, features six of Hogarth's prints that satirized the marriages of convenience and the aristocratic ideals prevalent in the film.