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Buffalo Film Seminars opens Tuesday

During the fall semester of the Buffalo Film Seminars, moviegoers can watch Bette Davis chew the scenery in “All About Eve” (Oct. 4), Jane Greer lure Robert Mitchum to a dark place in “Out of the Past” (Sept. 20) and Cher blossom in the delightful Oscar-winning comedy “Moonstruck” (Nov. 15). And there’s much more.

The weekly film series takes place Tuesday evenings in the Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.) as part of the University at Buffalo Film Directors class taught by SUNY Distinguished Teaching professors Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson. The evening starts at 7 p.m. with an introduction by Christian and Jackson who also lead a post-film discussion with the audience.

The series opens Aug. 30 with the Ernst Lubitsch comedy “Trouble in Paradise” starring Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall as jewel thieves whose plan to rip-off a rich widow (Kay Francis) becomes a love triangle. This sophisticated pre-Code romance - meaning expect quite a bit of frisky innuendo - is considered Lubitsch’s greatest film.

Here’s the full schedule:

Aug. 30: “Trouble in Paradise” (1932, directed by Ernst Lubitsch)

Sept. 6: “A Night at the Opera” (1935, Sam Wood)

Sept. 13: “Beauty and the Beast” (1945, Jean Cocteau)

Sept. 20: “Out of the Past” (1947, Jacques Tourneur)

Sept. 27: “Late Spring” (1949, Yasujiro Azu)

Oct. 4: “All About Eve” (1950, Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

Oct. 11: “La Dolce Vita” (1960, Federico Fellini)

Oct. 18: “Chimes at Midnight” (1966, Orson Welles)

Oct. 25: “Drums of Winter” (1977, Sarah Elder and Leonard Kamerling)

Nov. 1: “Being There” (1979, Hal Ashby)

Nov. 8: “The Untouchables” (1987, Brian De Palma)

Nov. 15: “Moonstruck” (1987, Norman Jewison)

Nov. 22: “The Sacrifice” (1989, Andrei Tarkovsky)

Nov. 29: “Like Water for Chocolate” (1993, Alfonso Arau)

Dec. 6: “The Tourist” (2010, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck).

Admission to the public is $9.50 for adults, $8 for students and $7.25 for senior citizens. Season tickets are available any time for a 15 percent reduction for the cost of the remaining films.

– Toni Ruberto

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