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Upcoming events at the University of Illinois to showcase Czechoslovak and Italian films

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Serenity Stanton Orengo

Two upcoming events on the University of Illinois campus will showcase international films.

Thursday April 20th sees the return of the International and Area Studies Library’s International Film Night. They will be showing the Czechoslovak science-fiction film Invention for Destruction. Directed by Karel Zeman and originally released in 1958, the film centers around a gang of pirates who kidnap a scientist to obtain a futuristic weapon he has developed. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will begin at 7:00 p.m. after a brief introduction. The event is free and open to the public.

The European Union Center, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Center for Advanced Study, and Spurlock Museum will be presenting a screening of the 1911 silent film L’Inferno on May 7th. The film, which featured groundbreaking special effects at the time, will be accompanied live by pianist Stefano Maccagno and double bassist Furio Di Castri. L’Inferno is loosely based on the first canticle of Dante’s Divine Comedy. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPing is optional but appreciated, and the screening will be followed by a reception.

Invention for Destruction 
Room 66, Main Library
1408 W Gregory Dr., Urbana
April 20th, 7:00 p.m.

Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 S Green St., Urbana
May 7th, 7:00 p.m.
Free, but registration is appreciated

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