July 11, 2008

Six-Film Series Has Ancient Rome As Setting

By The Oklahoman

Jul. 11--The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is presenting a matinee film series featuring movies set in ancient Rome in conjunction with the "Roman Art from the Louvre" exhibition.

The six-week series is set for 2 p.m. Sundays in the museum's Noble Theater, 415 Couch Drive. The series starts this Sunday with "Quo Vadis," the 1951 epic starring Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr.

"The power and opulence of Rome has been an irresistible subject for filmmakers for decades. Ancient texts and historical fiction have provided rich source material that translated easily into the motion picture medium. With the developments of color processes like Technicolor and widescreen cinema in the 1950s, the genre of Roman epic films was here to stay," Brian Hearn, the museum's film curator, said in a news release.

The film series continues with the epics "Ben-Hur" (1959) on July 20 and "Spartacus" (1960) on July 27.

On Aug. 3, the musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1966) reveals the bawdy side of Roman life.

Federico Fellini's surreal journey "Satyricon" (1969) will screen Aug. 10. The series concludes Aug. 17 with "Gladiator," director Ridley Scott's 2000 Academy Award-winning take on ancient Rome.

Film admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $5 for museum members.

To order movie tickets, call 278-8237 on the day of the film. For more information, go online to www.okcmoa.com/film.


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