MAE WEST will open the Controversial Classics Cinema Series in Liverpool later this month — — and her cinematic version of "Diamond Lil" will be onscreen in The Empire State.
• • Oddly enough, this motion picture has not been listed on the library's web site yet but we were tipped off, thanks to the sharpies at Eagle Newspaper in frosty Syracuse, New York.
• • Eagle-eyed arts reporters announced it: "The Liverpool Public Library is pleased to have Syracuse University Professor Kendall Phillips back to present another series on controversial films, their impact on and the reaction to them by society. The first program will take place at 6:00PM on Thursday 21 January 2010 in the Carman Community Room." [Source: Eagle Newspapers — — www.cnylink.com]
• • Kendall Phillips is a leading scholar of rhetoric, public discourse, and rhetoric of popular culture. His university bio notes that he explores these concepts through a variety of rhetorical artifacts, including comic books, film, political speeches, and scientific controversies, and teaches such popular courses as “The Rhetoric of Film,” “Rhetoric and the Public Sphere” and “The Rhetoric of Popular Culture.”
• • On January 21st, Phillips will deliver a short lecture before the screening of "She Done Him Wrong"  starring Mae West and written by her. Since the motion picture is a fast-paced 68 minutes, it is hoped that his prelude will also be bright, breezy, and brief. A post-film discussion will follow. This is a free event and the public is welcome.
• • The Controversial Classics Cinema Series will continue on Thursday evening 18th February with "The Dirty Dozen."
• • WHERE: The Liverpool Public Library: 310 Tulip Street, Liverpool, New York 13088; Telephone: (315) 457-0310. Tell 'em you heard about it on the MAE WEST BLOG.
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1932 • •
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