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On February 16, 17 and 18, Flagler College will welcome internationally-acclaimed film scholar R. Barton Palmer for a program titled “Three by Tennessee Williams: Hollywood’s Classic Versions of an American Master.” Palmer will introduce screenings of three award-winning films adapted from plays by the venerated and iconoclastic American playwright: “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Suddenly Last Summer.” Each screening will be followed by analysis and discussion of Williams and of postwar Hollywood filmmaking more generally.

Palmer is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, where he also directs the film studies program. His 27 books include studies of directors Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Soderbergh, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, John Frankenheimer, and the Coen Brothers, making Palmer a leading expert on Hollywood film, with a special interest in the 1940s and 1950s. He is also an acknowledged and widely-published authority on the plays and films of Tennessee Williams, a frequent panelist and speaker at the Tennessee Williams Festival with many appearances on local and national media. His book, “Hollywood’s Tennessee: The Williams Films,” written with Robert Bray, has met with much praise. Film critic Rex Reed calls it “required reading for film aficionados,” and theatre critic John Lahr praises it offering “fascinating backstage news, a treasure trove of invaluable information.” Palmer is also the author of “Larger than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s,” which includes profiles and studies of such luminaries as Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Judy Holliday, Montgomery Clift, Audrey Hepburn, and many others.

Palmer holds undergraduate degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Durham, as well as master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in medieval studies and New York University in film studies. Palmer is also the founding and general editor of book series at four university presses.

The Tennessee Williams film series show times are as follows:

• “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Gamache-Koger Theater
• “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Gamache-Koger Theater
• “Suddenly Last Summer,” Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., Gamache-Koger Theater

“Ideas and Images: Scholars and Artists in Residence” is a new program at Flagler College. Throughout the academic season the College will feature an international composition of artists and authors, introducing a fresh and creative component to the greater St. Augustine community. Each event is free and open to the public. Call (904) 819-6282 or visit for more information. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.

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The “Ideas and Images” 2011-2012 season will conclude on March 20 with a reading by novelist Cassandra King.