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OSE Summer Film Festival Returns

The popular Science in the Cinema — a free 6-week film festival open to the public — is now under way in its seventh season, sponsored by the Office of Science Education. As is traditional, after the screening of each film, a guest speaker with expertise in the film's subject area comments on the science depicted in the film and takes questions from the audience. The Thursday evening program runs from 7 to approximately 9:30 in the Bldg. 45 auditorium. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. All films are shown with captions.

The remaining four presentations are:

Good Will Hunting, Aug. 3, - Will Hunting is only 20 years old but already stands out in his rough, working-class neighborhood in South Boston. He's never been to college, except to scrub floors as a janitor at MIT. Yet he can summon obscure historical references from a photographic memory and almost instantly solve math problems that frustrate Nobel Prize-winning professors. Starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Minnie Driver (1997, Rated R). Guest speaker: Dr. Judith Rapoport, Child Psychiatry Branch, NIMH.

Yellow Jack, Aug. 10 - This film is based on the true story of U.S. Army doctor Walter Reed (Lewis Stone) and his quest to discover the cause of yellow fever. After the Spanish-American War, the United States Army occupied countries that suffered from many tropical diseases, one of which was yellow fever. In 1899, Walter Reed, who was stationed in Washington, D.C., was sent to Cuba as part of a team investigating the cause of this disease. Cuban physician Carlos Finlay (Charles Coburn) hypothesized that mosquitoes might be responsible for transmitting the disease to humans. Also starring Janet Beecher, Virginia Bruce, Alan Curtis, Andy Devine, Buddy Ebsen, Jonathan Hale, William Henry, Robert Montgomery (1938, Not Rated). Guest speaker: Michael Rhode, chief archivist, National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.

Girl, Interrupted, Aug. 17 - Based on a true story and the best-selling book of the same name, this film is set in the changing world of the late 1960's. Finding herself at a renowned psychiatric institution for troubled women, Susanna Kaysen must choose between the world of people who belong on the inside — like the seductive and dangerous Lisa — or the often difficult world of reality on the outside. Angelina Jolie won the 1999 Oscar for best-supporting actress. Also starring Winona Ryder, Vanessa Redgrave, Whoopi Goldberg (1999, Rated R). Guest speaker: Dr. Danny Wedding, professor of psychiatry and director, Missouri Institute of Mental Health, University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Not As A Stranger, Aug. 24 - Stanley Kramer's directorial film debut is based on Morton Thompson's novel of the same name. The story of a nurse who works to put her husband through medical school, this film is a timeless depiction of the financial and emotional challenges faced by those who embrace the medical profession. Starring Olivia de Havilland, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Lon Chaney, Jr., Harry Morgan, Lee Marvin (1955, Not Rated). Guest Speaker: Dr. Peter Dans, associate professor of medicine, John Hopkins University School of Medicine.

For more information about the Science in the Cinema film series, visit the OSE web site at

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