Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Priceless Artifacts and High Adventure: Indiana Jones Marathon Screened at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — The world's favorite fictional archaeologist-adventurer is back at last. In anticipation of the May 22 release of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and in honor of April being Maryland Archaeology Month, Washington College's Center for Environment & Society will present an Indiana Jones movie marathon at Litrenta Lecture Hall on Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 8 p.m.

All three action-packed Jones classics will be screened. Admission is free and open to the public.

When actor Harrison Ford first donned his Indiana Jones costume—battered brown fedora, weather-beaten leather jacket, six-shooter and, of course, the trademark bullwhip, a movie-adventure icon for all time was born. The role was an unprecedented boon to Ford's career, and the films aroused widespread public interest in the field of archaeology. In recognition of same, Ford today sits on the Board of Trustees of the Archaeological Institute of America.

The movies hit the public like a shot of adrenaline in the 1980s, setting a new standard for nonstop thrills. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) features Jones in a race against the Nazis to unearth the Ark of the Covenant. "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984), a prequel to "Raiders," has the globetrotting archaeologist liberating kidnapped children and recovering stolen sacred stones from a death-cult in India. In "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989) Sean Connery is along for the ride as Jones's befuddled medievalist father in a quest for the Holy Grail.

Litrenta Lecture Hall is located in the John S. Toll Science Center. For more information, call 410/810-7161.

March 31, 2008

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