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Liberty Hall to feature 'Texas movies' in May

TYLER, April 29, 2013-- Texas movies is the theme for the month of May at Liberty Hall. The first movie will be “The Searchers” at 7 p.m., on May 2. This movie was directed by John Ford and released in 1956. It stars John Wayne, “The Duke,” as Ethan Edwards, a Civil War veteran who spends years searching for his niece who has been kidnapped.

Then, on May 9, Liberty Hall will show “The Last Picture Show” directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Cybill Shepherd and Jeff Bridges. This is a story about a small West Texas town where they are living in the lull between World War II and the Korean conflict. Sonny and Duane (Bridges) are best friends, in that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood. The two pass their time the best way they know how – hanging at the movie house, playing football and chasing girls. The town is dying a quiet death, as folks head for the big cities to make their living and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere beyond the borders of town or making due with a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house. As graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness and jealousy.

On May 16, Liberty Hall will feature “Red River,” directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson and starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift.  This movie is a fictional account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail. The dramatic tension stems from a growing feud over the management of the drive, between the Texas ranchers who initiated it (Wayne) and his adopted adult son (Clift).

May 23 brings “Bernie” starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. The movie is based on a true story that occurred in Carthage, Texas. Local mortician, Bernie Tiede (Black), strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow (MacLaine). The twist comes when Bernie kills her and then goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's still alive. The film is directed by Richard Linklater and has cameos by many people who experienced the events first hand.

For the final Texas movie, on May 30, we again feature a film directed by Richard Linklater, “Dazed and Confused.” This movie focuses on the last day of school at a high school in a small Texas town in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen and everyone is trying to celebrate and have fun.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the movies start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online for $7 at www.libertytyler.com or at the door.

For more information about Liberty Hall or for rental information go to www.libertytyler.com, join us on Facebook, or call Manager Anne Payne at 903-595-7274.

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