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Six Films Set
Science in the Cinema Series Resumes, July 23

Panic in the streets will take place at NIH on Thursday evening, July 23. Don't be too alarmed. We're talking about Panic in the Streets, the 1950 Elia Kazan film about a Public Health Service doctor who tries to track down a killer who may be carrying the plague. The film will launch the fifth annual Science in the Cinema at Natcher auditorium.

The series features 6 films related to medical science, one night a week for 6 weeks. After the screening of each film, a guest speaker with expertise in the film's subject area comments on the science depicted in the movie and takes questions from the audience.

The film festival begins with a look at the past, into the history of the PHS, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this month. Dr. John Parascandola, PHS historian, will comment after the screening of Panic in the Streets.

Drugstore Cowboy is the featured film on July 30. Dr. Alan Leshner, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, will be the guest speaker. The 1989 film stars Matt Dillon as a junkie who robs a string of pharmacies to feed his drug addiction and that of his companions.

The first of three movies in a row featuring an Oscar-winning best actress performance is on Aug. 6. The film is Children of a Lesser God, starring the 1986 winner, Marlee Matlin, as a deaf woman who does not want to learn to read lips or speak phonetically. Dr. James F. Battey, director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, will discuss the film.

The most recent best actress winner, Helen Hunt, stars with Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets on Aug. 13. Nicholson plays an obsessive-compulsive novelist who has difficulty establishing relationships with people. Dr. Judith L. Rapoport, chief of the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health, will comment on the film.

The 1957 best actress winner, Joanne Woodward, played a complex role in The Three Faces of Eve, to be shown Aug. 20. The film shows her harboring three distinct "personalities." Dr. Paul R. McHugh, director of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will be the guest speaker.

Science in the Cinema ends with a look to the future. Gattaca, a film about the genetic engineering of "perfect" people, will wrap up the film festival on Aug. 27. Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, will discuss the film.

Sponsored by the Office of Science Education, the series begins each night at 7. It is free to the public, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call Ellen Dobbins, 402-2828, or check out OSE's Web site at

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