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New 35mm Print Otto Preminger, 1944

Film History 101

As our film heritage becomes more and more digitized, it is harder and harder for audiences to see important films in the manner in which they were originally meant to be presented: in a theater, on film, with an audience. Film History 101 is our modest attempt to keep this tradition alive. Once a month, we'll present a selection that transcends "classic" status to that of "essential"—films that are widely recognized as among the greatest the art of moving pictures has to offer.


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Tue, Apr 24, 2012 7 PM

In Otto Preminger’s film noir classic Laura, a police detective (Dana Andrews) finds himself smitten with a murdered woman (Gene Tierney), captivated by her painted portrait and the testimony of those closest to her.

A shocking twist midway causes him to rethink his entire investigation! Also with Vincent Price, Judith Anderson, and Clifton Webb. (88 mins, 35mm)

Picture Lock: 25 Years of Film/Video Residencies at the Wex

Learn more about our four-day celebration of the Film/Video Studio here (then grab a Festival Pass for admission to all screenings and conversations here). 

The Decline of Western Civilization

Don't miss your chance to see filmmaker Penelope Spheeris introduce her iconic The Decline of Western Civilization on Friday, October 23—get your tickets now.