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Summer Film Series Celebrates Dallas Featured in Movies

Come to a summer film series celebrating the special exhibition Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas, on view through August 19, 2012. Artist George Grosz captured Dallas in 1952 in a series of paintings called Impressions of Dallas. 2012 is the 60th anniversary of the series’ first presentation at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in Fair Park.

Focusing on the city itself, this series will show a selection of films all shot in Dallas beginning with Bonnie & Clyde on Thursday, July 12. The films feature landmarks such as the original Neiman Marcus store downtown and the mansions of Swiss Avenue, with introductions by various Dallas experts including Artist Director of the Dallas Film Society James Faust and Director Amy Talkington.

For additional information, visit the Museum’s website at

Dallas on Film

Thursdays, July 12 through August 16; 7:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium, Included in general admission to the Museum; DMA & Dallas Film Society members FREE.

Thursday, July 12

Bonnie & Clyde (1967)

Notorious bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow led their gang on a legendary crime spree, leaving a string of violent robberies and newspaper headlines in their wake. This film features scenes in Dallas, Denton, Garland, and rural Texas.

This film is rated R. (112 mins.)

Introduction: Catherine Horsey, Executive Director, La Reunion will discuss the history of West Dallas.

Thursday, July 19

The Store (1983)

Serving as the flagship store and corporate headquarters, the downtown Dallas Neiman Marcus building is the setting for this documentary, focusing on shoppers and the employees of the grand emporium during the holiday season.

This film is not rated. (118 mins.)

Introduction: Jackie McElhaney, historian, will discuss the history of department stores, including Neiman Marcus.

Thursday, July 26

Juke Joint (1947)

Dallas-based company Sack Amusement Entertainment produced and distributed a large number of race films in the 1930s and 40s, a collection that was restored in 1985. Juke Joint, starring Spencer Williams, the actor famous for Amos ‘n’ Andy, and dancer-comedian July Jones, tells the story of Honeydew Holiday, an aspiring beauty queen, her family, Mama Lou and Papa Sam, and one disreputable juke joint.

This film is not rated. (70 mins)

Introduction: Rick Worland, Professor of Film & Media Arts, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University will discuss the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection.

Thursday, August 2

The Night of the White Pants (2006)

Showcasing the mansions of Swiss Avenue and the Doublewide, this film takes the patriarch of a distinguished but crumbling Dallas family on a wild ride through East Dallas with his daughter’s punk rock boyfriend.

This film is rated R (87 mins.)

Introduction: Amy Talkington, Director and Dallas native, will discuss her film.

Thursday, August 9

Talk Radio (1988)

Shot exclusively in Dallas and set in the city, Oliver Stone’s film examines the life of a caustic radio talk show host, Barry, just as his controversial show is about to be launched nationwide. But his life is far from perfect, as he deals with his troubled love life, the network, and the public he has angered with his forthright opinions.

This film is rated R (110 mins.)

Introduction: u, Artistic Director, Dallas Film Society, will discuss the film industry in Dallas.

Thursday, August 16

Logan’s Run (1976)

Filmed throughout the Metroplex, Logan’s Run tells a futuristic tale of an idyllic life of pleasure within a domed city– with a catch. Life ends at 30, when citizens are sent to Carousel and life is terminated. Only the brave become runners, seeking escape from the city and into the real world. This film is rated PG (119 mins.)

Introduction: Greg Brown, Program Director, Dallas Center for Architecture, will discuss the architecture of Dallas, featured prominently in the film.

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