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FAL-WIN 2017

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FILM CLASSICS One of those film geeks took her love of history and reading to Franklin Pierce, where a semester abroad led her to the London Film Festival. Today she is vice president of enterprises and strategic partnerships for Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Genevieve McGillicuddy was born in the Boston area and grew up in Nashua, N.H. "I always focused on history and reading in school, so [I] thought of a career in anthropolog y or archaeolog y," she says. "But I always had a broad interest in lots of subjects. at is what I liked about Pierce: it had a small environment but options to explore and experiment that usually only much bigger schools have. I also really liked the burgeoning study abroad program that enabled me to spend a semester in London. I have always been omnivorous and Pierce gave me what I was looking for." It was in London that McGillicuddy's manifold interests coalesced into celluloid. "I did not think of film as a career until attending the London Film Festival. I didn't even realize it could be a career. But by my senior year, a lot of factors were pointing that way. I was afraid that my English major would be a detriment, but I found that learning to think critically about art was the most important skill." "Time and time again," McGillicuddy adds, "I am reminded that the need for basic writing and communication skills, combined with critical thinking, is incredibly relevant in today's world." Favorite Classic Films I have some favorites that I return to. Anything by Billy Wilder, but especially " Ace in the Hole ." The story is about a reporter (Kirk Douglas), who finds the scoop of a lifetime, covering the story of a hapless man trapped in cave. It is one of the most cynical scripts ever written. Douglas' raw energy is on full display and none of the characters in this film escapes unscathed from this dark take on human nature. A lot of people recommend " The Red Shoes ," a Powell/ Pressburger production (Martin Scorsese cites it as a top pick), but I recommend it for the performance by Viennese-born actor Anton Walbrook. He is a ballet impresario who romances a ballerina who joins the company. His old-world charm, and sharp, leading-man elegance simply doesn't exist in today's movies. Best Historical Films I am passionate about both history and film. Here are a couple of films that I love that combine both. " The Best Years of Our Lives " is a very realistic portrayal of men returning home from war. Remarkably, the film seems as timeless and relevant today as it was in 1946. The cast is incredible, and it's beautifully shot by Gregg Toland. " All the President's Men ," which TCM did a screening of several years ago in conjunction with a conversation that included Carl Bernstein and [Tom McCarthy,] the writer and director of "Spotlight." Not knowing how relevant the film was going to become, it felt very historic to hear those involved talk about how to translate real-life investigative journalism into a cinematic story. It's still gripping to watch, even though the events and outcome are well known. One Classic Film That Is Overrated " Breakfast at Tiffany's " — I include this because, frankly, Mickey Rooney simply ruins this film for me, as his character is a racist caricature. In the Screening Room With Genevieve 30 PIERCE FALL / WINTER 2017

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