Spring film series includes sing-a-long


   A musical where the audience sings along with the stars is one of the surprises in store for those attending the Jefferson County Film Center's spring movie series.
   All the films are shown at the library's Rodriquez Annex on Fridays, except for the "Oklahoma!" fund-raiser and "Saturday Night Fever," which will be shown on Saturdays. The suggested donation for admission is $4 for adults, $2 for teens, or $10 for families of three or more.
   Due to film studio contracts, the names of the movies can only be printed in the newspaper once, so clip and save the following list, or view the library's Web site for movie titles at www.jcld.org.
   April 4, The Magnificent Seven
   Shown Friday at 7 p.m. The beleaguered denizens of a Mexican village, weary of attacks by banditos, hire seven gunslingers to repel the invaders once and for all. The gunmen are cool and capable, with most of the actors playing them just on the cusp of '60s stardom, including: Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, and Robert Vaughn. This movie is an American remake of the Japanese film, "Seven Samurai."
April 18, Seven Samurai
   (Tentative, otherwise another foreign film will be shown) Set for Friday at 7 p.m.
   Akira Kurosawa's classic 1954 is hailed as one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of motion pictures. Seven Samurai has inspired countless films modeled after its basic premise (including The Magnificent Seven).
   The story is set in the 1600s, when the residents of a small Japanese village are seeking protection against repeated attacks by a band of marauding thieves. Offering mere handfuls of rice as payment, they hire seven unemployed "ronin" (masterless samurai), including a boastful swordsman (Toshiro Mifune) who is actually a farmer's son desperately seeking glory and acceptance. The climactic battle with the raiding thieves remains one of the most breathtaking sequences ever filmed. It's poetry in hyperactive motion and one of Kurosawa's crowning cinematic achievements.
   April 26, Oklahoma! and Barbecue
   Wear your Western garb and feast on a barbecue dinner, while singing along with the music of the movie Oklahoma! The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Rodriguez Annex. Tickets are $25 per person and can be ordered by calling 475-3351.
   May 2, Harvey
   On Friday, senior citizens can attend the 1:30 p.m. matinee for free, with second showing at 7 p.m.
   This American classic stars James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd, a wealthy alcoholic whose sunny disposition and drunken antics are tolerated by most of the citizens of his community. That is, until Elwood begins to claim that he has a friend named Harvey who is an invisible six-foot tall rabbit.
   May 16, Smoke Signals
   Shown Friday, 7 p.m., in conjunction with the Collage of Culture weekend. The screen play for this contemporary Native American film was written by Coeur d'Alene tribal member Sherman Alexie, and based on his book "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven."
   Half comedy and half stark reality, the film follows the adventures of two mismatched Indian boys venturing off the reservation on a journey. Victor (Adam Beach), a stoic, handsome teen, with a chip on his shoulder, is traveling to Phoenix to pick up the ashes of his estranged father, who has died. Along the way, he gets stick with a nerdy, friendly chatterbox named Thomas (Evan Adams) as a traveling companion, and the clash between the two creates many comic situations.
   The film offers an inside look at reservation life, racism, and the ties that bind these two very different young men.
   June 6, The Gods Must Be Crazy
   (Tentative, or another foreign film will be shown). Friday, 7 p.m. Released in Botswana in 1981, this is a zany tale of the misadventures of Xi, a tribesman of the Kalahari Desert in Africa, who has never seen outside civilization.
   One day, after a pilot tosses a Coca-cola bottle out of his plane, Xi finds it and thinks it must have come form the gods. But after family members begin fighting over it, Xi leaves on a trek to the end of the world to return the bottle, encountering many colorful characters along the way.
   June 21, Saturday Night Fever
   Saturday, 7 p.m. Dig out your old platform shoes and wear them to the movie that sparked a disco craze across America. Tony (John Travolta) is an uneducated Brooklyn teenager who feels like a nobody, except for the weekends where he gains notoriety as king of the dance floor at the local disco. At the disco he meets Stephanie, who agrees to be his partner in a dance competition. And the rest is history.