A festival of Polish films called "Viva Polonia" will honor the work of Polish-born Nobel laureates and will begin Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with the first of a two-part screening of the biblical epic "Quo Vadis," based on the novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz. All screenings in the series will take place in the screening room of the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, North Campus. Regina Grol of Empire State College will introduce Part 1 of "Quo Vadis" on Tuesday and Buffalo News Critic Jeff Simon will introduce Part 2 of the film at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Others in the series:
"The Promised Land" on Nov. 4 (introduced by Piotr Wrobel of the University of Toronto history department).
"The Peasants" on Nov. 11 (Part 1) and Nov. 12 (Part 2), based on 1924 Nobel Prize winner Wladyslaw Reymont.
"Enemies," based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's novel, and the documentary "Isaac in America," on Dec. 9, with commentary by UB English professor Mark Shechner.
"Yentl," based on Singer's short story, on Jan. 27.
"The Issa Valley," which was filmed partly in Western New York and based on the work of poet Czeslaw Milosz, on Feb. 24 (introduced by Judith Dompkowski of the Canisius College English department) and Feb. 26.
All screenings will begin at 7:30 p.m.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's," starring Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard and Mickey Rooney, will be shown at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Oct. 11 in the Screening Room Cinema and Cafe, 3131 Sheridan Drive.
"Goodbye Mr. Chips" (1939), starring Robert Donat and Greer Garson, will begin Daemen College's Classic Film Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the college's Alumni Lounge in the Wick Center. English professor John Masterson will do the commentary. Others in the series, all at 7:30 p.m.:
"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," starring Maggie Smith, on Nov. 4 (commentary by Sr. Paula Fox, former trustee of Rosary Hill College).
"Blackboard Jungle" on Dec. 2 (commentary by J. Edward Cuddy of Daemen).
"The Paper Chase" on Jan. 27 (commentary by attorney Richard Day).
"Educating Rita" on Feb. 24 (commentary by Kevin Telford of Daemen).
The recent British comedy "Brassed Off," starring Pete Postelthwaite as a beleaguered British small-town bandleader, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series.
Commercial films opening next week are: On Wednesday, "Gang Related," James Belushi in the final film of rapper Tupac Shakur; and, on Friday, Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Seven Years in Tibet," starring Brad Pitt; and the Disney nerd comedy "Rocket Man."