Classic Film Series continues tribute to directors

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

NAU’s College of Arts and Letters Classic Film Series picks up its year-long film series starting Tuesday, Jan. 18, with director John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, starring John Wayne and James Stewart. The free films will screen on Tuesdays throughout the semester at 7 p.m. in the Cline Library Assembly Hall.

Spring semester’s theme, The Directors—Part 2: Directing Genres, will focus on 15 directors working in seven genres—westerns, sci-fi, war films, comedies, romantic comedies, musicals and animation.

Local film experts will contribute introductions before the films, while co-hosts Paul Helford and Paul Donnelly will lead the post-screening conversation, adding to the viewer’s understanding of the experience.

Helford, principal lecturer in the School of Communication’s Electronic Media and Film program, has been co-hosting the series since its inception more than five years ago.

Donnelly, associate professor of religious studies at NAU, recently joined Helford to produce the series this academic year. Donnelly has taught a Religion in Film class and has introduced films in the series for several years.

View a complete film schedule for the fall semester at