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October 18, 2002

German Filmmaker Frank Beyer to Speak at MHC October 23

Photo: © LPI, Los Angeles, CA

German filmmaker Frank Beyer (right) at the 1997 Academy Award nomination ceremony for his film Jacob the Liar.

Frank Beyer, one of Germany's most distinguished and successful filmmakers, will visit MHC Wednesday, October 23, as part of a tour of North American colleges and universities. He will read from his memoirs, in German (periodically during the talk, Beyer's remarks will be summarized in English), at 7:30 pm in Mary Woolley Hall's New York Room. A discussion and question-and-answer period after the talk will be conducted in English and German.

Beyer was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film in 1977 for Jacob the Liar. Based on the famous novel by Jurek Becker, the film tells the tale of a man who invents news stories about impending Nazi defeat to bolster the spirits of the other Jews living in his Polish ghetto. (A Hollywood adaptation of the film starring Robin Williams was released in 1999.) During his stay in the area, Beyer's film Naked among Wolves, a true story about how prisoners at Buchenwald risked their lives to hide a small Jewish boy from their captors, will be screened October 20, at 11 am at Northampton's Pleasant Street Theater; and Jacob the Liar will be shown October 24, at Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College at 4 pm and 7:30 pm. Beyer will appear at both area screenings to introduce and discuss his films.

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