Film Study Group to Show ‘The Stunt Man’ at WWU

A community film study group, called The Viewer’s Eye, meets monthly at William Woods University to screen and discuss films. On Tuesday, April 24, the group will screen the 1980 feature film “The Stunt Man.” The public is invited to attend.

The Viewer’s Eye will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 112 of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts on the WWU campus.

Forged in the tradition of such time honored meditations on filmmaking and perception as Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) and Federico Fellini’s “8 1/2” (1963), Richard Rush’s “The Stunt Man” (1980) examines the tenuous–and sometimes tense–relationships and boundaries between filmmakers and actors, between films and audiences, and between the realities and fictions in which they all participate.

Following the escapades of a Vietnam veteran who literally stumbles into a position as a Hollywood stunt man while on the run from the law, Rush’s film slyly juxtaposes artistic and political satire within a narrative structure derived in equal parts from romantic comedy tales, action-adventure yarns, paranoid espionage thrillers, and the story of Job.

“The Stunt Man” was originally something of an underground hit (even though it was nominated for multiple major Academy Awards), but its cult status has grown significantly over the years, and its influence can clearly be seen in more recent films as Robert Altman’s “The Player” (1994) and Peter Weir’s “The Truman Show” (1998).
The films screened by Viewer’s Eye are selected each month by one of the members. “The Stunt Man” was selected by Greg Smith, assistant professor of English and film studies teacher.

Smith suggests that “The Stunt Man” is perfect preparation for the upcoming summer movie season. “Rom-com, biblical allusions, metatextuality, explosions, it’s all there!” Smith said.

The Viewer’s Eye was created last year to satisfy a desire to have serious conversations about all aspects of film: aesthetics, politics, narrative. The group remains open, and solicits an audience of interested cineastes for its monthly screenings,” said Matt Dube, assistant professor of English.

In addition to Smith and Dube, Viewer’s Eye members include Jane Mudd, assistant professor of art; Cate Dodson, hotelier and screenwriter, and Marcus Wilkins, film critic for the Fulton Sun. For more information, contact Dube at (573) 592-4355 or matt.dube@williamwoods.edu