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Free Queens College Film Symposium on Oct. 25 Will Explore Cinematic Artistry of Award-Winning Director Roman Polanski

-- Panel of Film Experts Will Discuss Polanski’s Profound Influence on World Cinema and Present Excerpts From Some of His Well Known Films --

FLUSHING, N.Y., OCT. 18, 2010 – Roman Polanski once said, “I never made a film that fully satisfied me.” And yet the internationally acclaimed Polish-French film director – who is considered to be one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers – is credited with an oeuvre of over 28 films, for which he received an Oscar, two Baftas, four Cesars, a Golden Globe and the Palme d’Or awards.

On Monday, October 25, 6:30 pm in Room 150 at Queens College’s Kiely Hall, a panel of film experts will present excerpts from some of Polanski’s best-known films and discuss the impact he has had on world cinema.  Among the film clips to be discussed at this free symposium are: Knife in the Water (1962), Repulsion (1965), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Chinatown (1974), and The Pianist (2002), for which Polanski won the Best Director Oscar in 2003.  A Q&A with the audience will follow the presentations.

The panelists will include:

·        Joe Neumaier, Film critic for the New York Daily News

·        Sheila Skaff (also moderator), Film curator and author of The Law of the Looking Glass:  Cinema in Poland, 1896-1939

Stuart Liebman, Professor of media studies at QC and of theater and art history at  City University of New York Graduate Center

Matt Zoller Seitz, Filmmaker, former New York Times film critic, and founder of Slant magazine’s The House Next Door website

The film symposium is free and open to the public. For directions to the college, go to:  Complimentary parking is available.  Please use Gate 3 at the Reeves Avenue and 150th Street entrance to the campus.


The symposium is sponsored by the college’s media studies department, the Queens Jewish Historical Society and the Polish-Jewish Dialogue Committee.  Jeff Gottlieb, founder and president of the Queens Jewish Historical Society, and Amy Herzog, QC media studies professor and coordinator of the film studies program, are co-chairs of this event.


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