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Film Fest Part of Rialto's Comedy Festival

The movies deemed the top five comedies will be shown at USF and the Rialto, with a discussion of each film before each screening.

The Rialto Square Theatre is partnering with the University of St. Francis to present a film festival of the top five funniest movies all time, as ranked by the American Film Institute.

At each screening, a USF professor or advisor will discuss the film. Films ranked No. 2 through No. 5 will be shown at the college, 500 Wilcox St., and the No. 1 film will get the big screen treatment at the Rialto, 102 N. Chicago St.

Each movie cost $5, or can be purchased in a package of five ticket for $20.

The film festival dovetails with the Rialto's Last Laugh Comedy Festival, in which the theater is bringing in four comedy acts, including Adam Carolla and Cheech & Chong, for shows in October.

For more information on the comedy festival or film festival, go to www.rialtoslastlaugh.com.

Tickets for either can be purchased at the Rialto box or by calling 815-726-6600 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available on performance days prior to show times at each viewing location (if not sold out) 

The movies, and the time/places they'll be shown are:

#5 Duck Soup

Monday, October 22 - 7:00PM

Location: University of St. Francis, Moser Performing Arts Center,
Sexton Auditorium

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Duck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers anarchic comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, with additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin, and directed by Leo McCarey. First released theatrically by Paramount Pictures on November 17, 1933, it starred what were then billed as the "Four Marx Brothers" (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo) and also featured Margaret Dumont, Raquel Torres, Louis Calhern and Edgar Kennedy. It was the last Marx Brothers film to feature Zeppo, and the last of five Marx Brothers movies released by Paramount.

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#4 Annie Hall

Tuesday, October 23 - 7:00PM

Location: University of St. Francis, Moser Performing Arts Center,
Sexton Auditorium

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Annie Hall is a 1977 American romantic comedy directed by Woody Allen from his screenplay co-written with Marshall Brickman and produced by Charles H. Joffe. The director co-stars as Alvy Singer, who investigates the reasons for the failure of his relationship with the film's eponymous female lead (Diane Keaton).

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#3 Dr. Strangelove

How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Love
The Bomb

Wednesday, October 24 - 7:00PM

Location: University of St. Francis, Donovan Hall, San Damiano Hall

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 black comedy film which satirizes the nuclear scare. It was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, and featuring Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, and Slim Pickens. The film is loosely based on Peter George's Cold War thriller novel Red Alert, also known as Two Hours to Doom.

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#2 Tootsie

Thursday, October 25 - 7:00PM

Location: University of St. Francis, Moser Performing Arts Center,
Sexton Auditorium
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Tootsie is a 1982 American comedy film that tells the story of a talented but volatile actor whose reputation for being difficult forces him to go to extreme lengths to land a job. The movie stars Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange, with a supporting cast that includes Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning, Geena Davis, Bill Murray, and producer/director Sydney Pollack.

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#1 Some Like it Hot

Friday, October 26 - 3:00PM

Location: Rialto Square Theater, 3 p.m.

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Some Like It Hot is an American romantic screwball comedy film, made in 1958 and released in 1959, which was directed by Billy Wilder and starred Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and George Raft.

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