"Movies at the Museum" film series continues
For immediate release April 2, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Museum’s “Movies at the Museum” film series continues this week and in May with “Control Room” and “The Bicycle Thief.”

Admission to “Movies at the Museum” films is $5 through www.iowatix.com or at the door. The State Historical Museum is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks are available during the movies, and free parking is available in the ramp at E. Grand and Penn avenues. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

“Control Room” (2004) will be shown Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Startling and powerful, “Control Room” documents the Arab television network Al Jazeera’s coverage of the U.S.-led Iraqi War and conflicts that arose between that news media outlet and the American military. Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim explores the spectrum of opinions about the Qatar television news network.

“The Bicycle Thief” (1948 - subtitles) will be shown May 3 at 7 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m. Vittorio De Sica’s remarkable drama of desperation and survival in Italy’s post-war depression earned a special Oscar for its affecting power. Shot in the streets and alleys of Rome, De Sica uses the real-life environment of contemporary life to frame his moving drama of a desperate father whose new job delivering cinema posters is threatened when a street thief steals his bicycle. Too poor to buy another, he and his son take to the streets in an impossible search for his bike. Cast with non-actors and filled with the real street life of Rome, this landmark film helped define the Italian neorealist approach with its mix of real life details, poetic imagery, and warm sentimentality. De Sica uses the wandering pair to witness the lives of everyday folks, but ultimately he paints a quiet, poignant portrait of father and son whose understated performances carry the heart of the film. Bike commuters to the event who show their safety helmet receive $1 off the ticket price.

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state.


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