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Film Show: Gran Torino
Date: 9 November 2011 

The American Studies Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures has the pleasure of inviting you to the following Film Series:

Gran Torino

Date: November 9
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Venue: Global Lounge, HKU

Film: Gran Torino (2008 / 116 min.)
Director: Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, an unassuming picture shot during a post-production lull on his elaborate period piece Changeling, was quietly rolled out at Christmastime 2008, whereupon it proceeded to blow away all the Oscar-bait behemoths at the box office and win its 78-year-old star the best reviews of his acting career. Both film and performance are consummately sly--coming on with deceptive simplicity, only to evolve into something complex, powerful, and surprisingly tender. Just as Unforgiven was a tragic reflection on Eastwood's legacy in the Western genre, Gran Torino caps and eloquently critiques the urban heritage of Dirty Harry and his violent brethren. And on top of that, the movie becomes a savvy meditation on America in a particular historical moment, racially, economically, spiritually. Call it a "state of the union" message. But call it that with a wry grin. --Richard T. Jameson

All are welcome.

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Cice Chan (

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