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August bring youthful films to AC


A collection of movies on youths with a variety of genres from classic independent to comedy and teen film will be screened during the weekly film screening at 6 pm on every Tuesday at the American Center, auditorium during the month of August.
The film series will start with ‘My Own Private Idaho’, Gus Van Sant’s classic independent film loosely based on Shakespeare’s Henriad will be screened on August 7.

Starring River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, in this retelling, Reeves plays a wealthy young man who spends his time with a gang of street kids while he waits for his inheritance; Phoenix is his troubled best friend. The two set off on a voyage of self-discovery that is as unique as it is ultimately revealing.

‘Reality Bites’ a film on a group of close friends awkwardly adjusts to adulthood in this time capsule of a comedy which will be screened at August 14. Ben Stiller’s film with a likeable cast and a witty script, the move revolves around the friends who are overeducated and underemployed, too immature to know how to cope with the complexities of their relationships, but old enough to know that they must learn. The film stars Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, and Ben Stiller.

A coming-of-age story like no other, ‘Stand By Me’ follows four boys who go into the forest to find a dead body and it will be screened on August 21. Along the way they experience a series of true-life dramas that change their lives forever. Directed by Rob Reiner, the film is bittersweet and honest in its portrayal of the end of childhood, and is played by River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, Keifer Sutherland, and Jerry O’Connell.

‘Rebel Without a Cause’, an original teen movie in which James Dean plays a rebellious teenager is who lost in a family, and society, that is adrift will be screened on August 28. Dean and his equally lost friends are torn apart by violence, distrust, and their own insecurities. The film also stars Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo and Dennis Hopper.

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