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The films of the Seberg Festival

November 9, 2012
By Nancy Adams , Times-Republican

Don't miss the chance to see these fabulous films starring Marshalltown's own Jean Seberg. The 2nd Annual Jean Seberg International Film Festival runs from Thursday through Sunday. This year, the festival offers a wider range of Jean's movies with something for everyone.

Saint Joan- 1957- In her breakout role, young Jean Seberg stars as Joan of Arc who travels to France to make The Dauphin King of France and is appointed to head the French Army. After winning many battles she is not needed any longer and soon she is thought of as a witch. Jean Seberg was just 17 years old when chosen by director Otto Preminger from a worldwide search of thousands of hopefuls.

Bonjour Tristesse- 1958- This was Jean's second film, in which she was again cast by Preminger. Jean stars as Cecile, a decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life. The festival will feature a message from Jean's co-star in the film, Mylene Demongeot.

Breathless-1959 Jean plays Patricia Franchini, a hip American girl studying journalism who hooks up with Jean Paul Belmondo, a small-time thief, who steals a car and impulsively murders the motorcycle policeman who pursues him. This film became an international sensation and is credited with launching the French New Wave style of filmmaking.

Lilith 1964- Lilith is a film about a mysterious young woman in an elite sanitarium in New England, who seems to weave a magical spell all around her. A restless, but sincere young man, played by Warren Beatty, has an equally obscure past and is seemingly drawn into her web. As time passes, their relationship deepens and intensifies. Jean was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in this film.

A Fine Madness-1966 Jean appears in this comedy based on the novel by Elliott Baker about a frustrated poet who is unable to finish his grand poem. He ends up being pursued by various women while trying to evade legal problems and finish his masterpiece. Also stars Sean Connery and Joanne Woodward.

The Mouse that Roared-1959 This was Jean's first comedic role. Starring Peter Sellers, this movie tells the tale of the fictional Duchy of Grand Fenwick who decides that the only way to get out of their economic woes is to declare war on the United States, lose and accept foreign aid.

Airport- 1970 This fan favorite, starring Dean Martin and Burt Lancaster is the story of a hard-charging manager of Lincoln International Airport, who tries to keep his airport open despite a raging Midwestern snowstorm and an angry wife. The action on board an inbound plane eventually trumps the human drama unfolding below. Jean stars as Tanya Livingston, a public relations agent for the airline.

Paint Your Wagon-1969 This film was Jean's first and only musical. Also starring Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin, it is the story of a Michigan farmer and a prospector who form a partnership in the California gold country. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife, (played by Jean) hijacking a stage and turning their mining camp into a boomtown. A movie with laughs, music and memorable moments.

Moment to Moment: 1966; In this film, Jean plays a married woman who accidentally shoots a man with whom she has had an affair. Key to the storyline is the female friendship between Jean's character and that played by Honor Blackman.

Treat yourself and come enjoy an afternoon, evening or both at the Festival! For more information contact The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center at 641-844-5919 or visit See you there!



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