Tobacco films in the park
Durham Cinematheque will present the last Movies in the Park show of the summer on Friday August 12 at 8:30 p.m. in Durham Central Park. The show is about tobacco and is called “Maybe You Should Quit.”Admission is free and donations are requested. The screening is outdoors, bring your own blanket or chair.
Durham was built with tobacco money but that was long ago. This new program is about cessation. Show includes “The Quitter” with Peter Lorre, a pack of trailers for Hollywood’s “Cold Turkey,” and a not-quite-fresh selection of 1960s’ cigarette commercials “balanced” (as they say) with practical advice on “how to quit” from 1970s’ educational films.
The highlight of this program will be lengthy excerpts from “Virginian Venture,” a film made in 1962 by the Imperial Tobacco Company of Great Britain and Ireland to mark the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the first shipment of tobacco from Jamestown to London. This film includes factory, laboratory, and warehouse scenes shot in Durham, Raleigh, and Wilson. The Durham footage (factory) was filmed in the Imperial Tobacco Building, just a few blocks away from this screening.
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This is the third tobacco program from Durham Cinematheque, following “Nicotine Cinema” and “Cured? A New/Old Look at Tobacco.” The Movies in the Park screenings take place on the site of an old tobacco warehouse, in Durham Central Park on the hill above Foster Street. The screen is on The Leaf.
Movies in the Park is presented by Durham Cinematheque and Durham Central Park Inc., and is sponsored by Vaguely Reminiscent.
Regarding the news story “Flag sparks free speech debate” (DN, Aug. 3):
Progressives are funny. One second they are making up new “rights” for people, and the next second they are taking away rights given to us in the U.S. Constitution.
The Constitution says that no law can be passed that keeps a person from following his or her god yet progressives are forcing people to consent to and marry gays, which is unconstitutional and churches are forced to allow gays to join or move closer to a pro gay viewpoint which again is unconstitutional.
Flag represents treason
Regarding the news story “Flag sparks free speech debate” (DN, Aug. 3)
There’s so much noise to this issue. Let’s keep it simple. Celebrating the Confederate flag is celebrating treason against the United States.
Say no to traitors.
Charlotte lost All-Star Game
In response to the July 22 news story “NBA pulls All-Star Game out of N.C. over HB2”: My initial reaction was, “Really?”
The NBA is going to penalize the state and the fans who would have attended the game because of House Bill 2?
Does anyone really think that all those who would have attended the game, both state residents and nonresidents, really care about HB2? They are going to watch basketball, not monitor the bathrooms.
It continues to amaze me that so many special interest groups, all in the minority, control the rest of us. I guess the saying, “majority rules,” no longer applies. Is that a democracy? I think not.
Oh, and the saying, “What goes around, comes around,” applies in this case. Charlotte is responsible for this issue and is now paying for it.
Patricia C. Berzins