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Imagining the Method Classic Film Series

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Fri 4/19: 7:00p "From Here to Eternity"
Fri 4/26: 7:00p "On the Waterfront"
Fri 5/3: 7:00p "Rebel Without a Cause"





Join us at Circle Cinema for an exciting journey into the realm of method acting with the launch of the new book "Imagining the Method" by author Justin Owen Rawlins in partnership with Magic City Books. Presented with the generous sponsorship of the University of Tulsa Department of Media Studies, this series celebrates the artistry of three iconic method actors across three consecutive weeks.

Tickets on sale now - see all three films at one great price of $24, or individual films for $10 each. Copies of the "Imagining the Method" book will be available to purchase at each screening.


Friday 4/19 @ 7pm:
"From Here to Eternity," starring Montgomery Clift.
This Friday's showing of "From Here to Eternity" will include a special pre-recorded video interview with Justin and Robert Clift, who is Montgomery’s nephew and filmmaker of the “Making Montgomery Clift” documentary.

Friday 4/26 @ 7pm:
"On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando.
(Justin will be joined by Barry Friedman (Tulsa comedian and author) to talk about the New York acting scene and Barry’s years-long study under acting legend Uta Hagen.)

Friday 5/3 @ 7pm:
"Rebel Without a Cause," starring James Dean.
(Justin will be joined by Boris Dralyuk, Ph.D. (University of Tulsa Presidential Professor of English & Creative Writing) to discuss the cultural impact of James Dean and the rebel figure.)


Tickets are now available for purchase: experience all three films for just $24, or select individual screenings for $10 each. Secure your spot for all three shows on April 19, 26, and May 3 by choosing the "Three Films" ticket option. Single film tickets for the other two screenings will be released soon.

From the ticket page, select the "Three Films" ticket to reserve your spot for the shows on Fri 4/19, 4/26, and 5/3. The "One Film" ticket is good for admission only to "From Here to Eternity" on Fri 4/19. Single film tickets for the other two screenings will go on sale in the coming weeks.


Justin Owen Rawlins is Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Film Studies at the University of Tulsa. His new book “Imagining the Method” traces the primordial conditions under which “Method” acting was interpreted, and how that received idea has taken on outsized importance in US popular culture. The book shines a light on the cultural politics of method acting and assumptions about race, gender, and screen actors that inform the ways we think/talk about performers and performances.


Fri 4/19: "From Here to Eternity" (1953) starring Montgomery Clift
At an Army barracks in Hawaii in the days preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor, lone-wolf soldier and boxing champion "Prew" Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) refuses to box, preferring to play the bugle instead. Hard-hearted Capt. Holmes (Philip Ober) subjects Prew to a grueling series of punishments while, unknown to Holmes, the gruff but fair Sgt. Warden (Burt Lancaster) engages in a clandestine affair with the captain's mistreated wife (Deborah Kerr).

Fri 4/26: "On the Waterfront" (1954) starring Marlon Brando
Dockworker Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) had been an up-and-coming boxer until powerful local mob boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) persuaded him to throw a fight. When a longshoreman is murdered before he can testify about Friendly's control of the Hoboken waterfront, Terry teams up with the dead man's sister Edie (Eva Marie Saint) and the streetwise priest Father Barry (Karl Malden) to testify himself, against the advice of Friendly's lawyer, Terry's older brother Charley (Rod Steiger).

Fri 5/3: "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) starring James Dean
After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark (James Dean) is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato (Sal Mineo), and falls for local girl Judy (Natalie Wood). However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz (Corey Allen). When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid's real troubles begin.

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