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Film: To Die For
Friday, May 22, 2009 - 7:00pm

A mean-spirited comedy, told in a mock-tabloid fashion, To Die For traces the rise and fall of Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman), an ambitious small-town girl obsessed with becoming a TV star. Unhappily married to dim restaurateur Larry Maretto (Matt Dillon), she  gets a job at her local cable access TV channel and is cunningly (and rapidly) promoted. Feeling entrapped by her husband's desire for children, she involves some innocent teenagers in a scheme to get rid of him. Whether priming for the camera, or pondering reality ("Everything is part of a big master plan"), Susan shows herself to be sly, flirtatious, and amoral. Her TV-Age narcissistic philosophy is simple: "What's the point of doing anything worthwhile if no one is watching".  True to his instincts, however, Gus Van Sant shows sympathy for the alienated teenagers, finding something beautiful in the forlorn isolation of pudgy Lydia (Alison Folland) and Jimmy's (Joachim Phoenix) reckless love for Suzanne, which he explains by references to the zombies in Night of the Living Dead. Despite having indifferent parents and teachers, and being surrounded by trashy culture, the working-class youths still have the capacity to feel something, which cannot be said about the characters of many other youth movies.

To Die For (1995 Gus Van Sant)
  35mm Film
Runtime:  106 minutes
When:  May 22nd and May 23rd at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm, May 24th @ 3:00 pm
Where:  5th Ave Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. @ PSU
Admission   Free for PSU Students, Faculty and Staff with ID; $2 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $3 General Admission

For more information:

PSU Film Committee