Fredonia to screen ‘The Paper Chase’ as part of Convocation series

Sunday November 11, 2018Roger Coda
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“The Paper Chase,” a movie that some critics say defined a generation and yet remains relevant four decades after its release, will be presented at Fredonia as part of the year-long Convocation series “The Search for Justice” on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m., in Williams Center Room S204-ABC. The screening is free and open to the public.

Its plot revolves around a first-year student at Harvard Law School (portrayed by Timothy Bottoms), his experiences with a brilliant and yet demanding contract law professor (John Houseman) and his relationship with the professor’s daughter (Lindsay Wagner). Mr. Houseman won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. James Bridges, director, was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

The American Film Institute included “The Paper Chase,” which was released in 1973, in its “100 Years ... 100 Cheers: America’s Most Inspiring Movies” list.

The campus screening is part of “Ivory Towers Misfits: Images of Higher Education and College Professors in Hollywood Films,” an investigation by Curriculum and Instruction Associate Professor Robert Dahlgren and Communication Assistant Professor Roslin Smith.

“The Paper Chase” and a second film to be shown in the spring semester, also as part of the Convocation series, explore the role of institutions of higher learning and the academics who reside there through the lens of popular culture.

For more information about this film screening, please see online.

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