LSU hosting film festival as part of Charles Dickens bicentenary
POSTED: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 8:04am
Baton Rouge, La — LSU will screen a series of films based on the works of Charles Dickens as part of the worldwide celebration of the author’s 200th birthday.
Through the Dickens Bicentenary Film Festival, LSU is coordinating with a host of Baton Rouge organizations celebrating the birth of Victorian England’s most famous writer on Feb. 7, 1812. LSU’s Hill Memorial Library will showcase their collection of rare material on Dickens throughout the spring.
In addition to Lean’s “Oliver Twist” and “David Copperfield,” the festival will feature other famous adaptations of Dickens’s work such as Lean’s “Great Expectations,” the Oscar-nominated musical “Oliver!” and Roman Polanski’s 2005 adaptation of “Oliver Twist” with Sir Ben Kingsley as the villainous Fagin.
The festival also hopes to show how Dickens’s world relates to the Baton Rouge community. Advocate columnist and Clearly Delicious blogger Helana Brigman will discuss the similarities between Gulf Coast and Victorian cuisine, while several LSU professors will talk about facets of Victorian culture. Organizations such as the Baton Rouge AIDS Society will also be on hand to highlight the local connection to many issues presented in the films.
Events will begin at 6 p.m. in Coates 143 on LSU’s campus. Admission is free. The schedule is as follows: Feb. 6 – David Lean’s “Oliver Twist”; Feb 13 – David Lean’s “Great Expectations”; Feb. 27 – “Oliver!”; March 12 - Alfonso Cuarón’s “Great Expectations”; March 19 – “Boy Called Twist”; April 2 – Roman Polanski’s “Oliver Twist”; and April 16 – “David Copperfield.”