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UB Hosts Baltimore RetroCineFest, Nov. 16-18

October 24, 2012
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

Baltimore RetroCineFest, a three-day celebration of rarely seen and legendary films, will debut at the University of Baltimore on Nov. 16-18. Programmed by Orpheum producer and film historian George Figgs and High Zero Festival partner Dan Breen and hosted by Spotlight UB, the University's arts and performance series, the festival is an outgrowth of a global movement recognizing the value of the canon of film—a growing movement that places value in the great works of the past as a key to understanding film's present and future.

"You can look at an enormously successful film festival like Il Cinema Ritrovato in Italy as an inspiration for our festival," Figgs said recently. "We want to emulate what they're doing, and expose audiences to a wider spectrum of the canon of existing film. The number of people interested in older film is a lot larger than you might think. They are deeply appreciative of artistically successful films, and RetroCineFest is our love letter to them and to these highly regarded titles."

The festival's offerings include the following; unless otherwise indicated, all films will be screened in the Wright Theater, located in the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. (see below for ticket information): 

Friday, Nov. 16

  • Glengarry Glen Ross, James Foley and David Mamet's 1992 business classic
    2 p.m.
  • Wanda, Barbara Loden's 1977 prophetic radical feminist coal mining drama
    4 p.m.
  • Malcolm X, Spike Lee's powerful 1992 genre-breaking biopic
    6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17

  • Horse Feathers, the Marx Brothers' zany college football classic
    11:30 a.m., screened at the Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St.
  • Time of the Gypsies, Kurturica's darkly comic exploration of the chaos and beauty of real gypsy life
    2 p.m.
  • Gold Diggers of 1935, the outrageous Busby Berkeley musical
    4:20 p.m.
  • Wild Angels, directed by Roger Corman and starring Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern
    6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18

  • The Music Room, Satyajit Ray's most sumptuously poetic work
    2 p.m.
  • Orphee, Jean Cocteau's surrealist French classic story of a poet who falls in love with death
    4 p.m.
  • Wild Angels, directed by Roger Corman and starring Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern
    6 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for general admission and $4 for students for individual screenings. An all-festival pass is available for $30 for students and $50 for general admission. To purchase tickets prior to the event, visit; search under “University of Baltimore” for all Spotlight UB events.

Learn more about Spotlight UB.

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