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Harper Film Series screens classic movies on campus

Fall Film Series Fall 2023 YojimboThe Harper Film Series will celebrate established and modern movie classics with a slate of campus screenings planned for this fall. The slate includes works by famous directors including James Cameron, The Wachowskis, Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa.

The free screenings, presented by Harper’s Communication Arts Department, will take place at 6 p.m. on select Wednesdays from September 20 through November 29. Open to everyone, the films will screen in Building E, Room E107, on Harper’s Palatine campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road. Movies will be preceded by a brief introduction from Harper’s film studies instructors and followed by optional discussions.

The films will be grouped by theme, just as they were in the spring edition of the series. September screenings are devoted to westerns from outside the U.S. – the samurai western Yojimbo and the spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars. October will commemorate spooky season with horror gems Aliens, The Host and The Thing. Meanwhile, November will become “Noir-vember” with screenings of sinister crime dramas Bound, Touch of Evil and Black Rain.

“We had great success with the spring film series; good-sized audiences and great discussions,” said Associate Professor Brian L. Shelton, who helps organize Harper’s film series. “We have new themes and new presenters. This series is a wonderful opportunity to see a great film and engage in a chat afterwards with people who are passionate about cinema.”

See the full schedule below. For more information, contact Shelton.

Harper Film Series Fall 2023


Yojimbo (1961) – September 20

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) – September 27


Aliens (1986) – October 4

The Host (2006) – October 11

The Thing (1982) – October 18


Bound (1996) – November 8

Touch of Evil (1958) – November 15

Black Rain (1989) – November 29

Last Updated: 3/14/24