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Georgian Court Begins Centennial Film Classics Series with Wings

Movie Classics from Each Decade Shown for University’s Centennial Celebration

Lakewood, N.J., Aug. 28, 2008—Georgian Court celebrates its Centennial year with Centennial Film Classics, a Monday night film series featuring movies from each of the eight decades that the university has resided in Lakewood.

In 1924, the university moved to Lakewood from North Plainfield; just three years later came the release of the first film in this series, Wings (1927), the winner of the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture and the only silent film to earn the Best Picture Oscar. It will be shown on Monday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus.

Admission is free, but reservations are required due to limited space. For more information or to make reservations, contact GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Forthcoming films in this series include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington for the 1930s on October 20, Citizen Kane for the 1940s on November 17, and An American in Paris for the 1950s on December 1.

In 1917, Jack Powell (Charles “Buddy” Rogers) is a young man with a passion for cars. His next-door neighbor Mary Preston (Clara Bow) is deeply in love with him, but he does not notice. Jack loves Sylvia Lewis (Jobyna Ralston), but she is in love with the rich David Armstrong (Richard Arlen). When the United States enters World War I, Jack and David become aviators who fight in France and also pals. Mary joins the Women’s Motor Corps of America, trying to be close to Jack. But it is war, and a tragedy happens between the two friends.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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