September 24, 1970
On this day, the IUPUI Student Senate, the student government organization, sponsored a film festival in the "M" building on campus, also known as the Lecture Hall. Screened were the classic films The Maltese Falcon (1941, directed by John Huston) with Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, The Informer (1935, directed by John Ford) with Victor McLaglen, and The Public Enemy (1931, directed by William Wellman) with James Cagney and Jean Harlow.
In its early days, student government concerned itself with organizing events at which IUPUI students could meet fellow students and create community. In a period before social media and streaming Internet, film buffs watched films uninterrupted by television commercials by renting prints and projecting them in public forums. Students and others gathered in groups to see and experience films together.
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