• Sat, Apr 6 at 11:00 am (film at 12:15 pm)

    MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION: Pre-screening lecture with Chuck Stephens

    11:00am lecture and refreshments, 12:15pm screening

    Tickets are $18 ($16 for Belcourt members). Ticket price includes coffee, juice and breakfast snacks. For film only tickets, click here.

    Pre-screening lecture on MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION and the work of director Douglas Sirk. With Chuck Stephens, contributing editor and columnist for "Film Comment" magazine, writer and columnist for "Cinema Scope" magazine, and film studies instructor at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. (Ticket price includes coffee, juice and breakfast snacks.)

    Douglas Sirk’s string of 1950s melodramas were among Universal’s greatest successes. A remake of John Stah’s 1935 film/adaptation, MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION made Rock Hudson a star. When careless philanderer Bob Merrick (Hudson) wrecks his boat and indirectly causes the death of a beloved local doctor, he tries to make amends to the man’s widow, Helen (Jane Wyman, in an Oscar-nominated role). After Helen is accidentally blinded, a smitten Merrick sets out to make a genuine change in his life, restore Helen’s sight  and win her heart. Co-stars Barbara Rush and Agnes Moorehead.