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September 8, 2005

Documentary illustrates the downfall of Fortune 500 Company

The hard-hitting documentary, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” explores one of the biggest scandals in America’s corporate history. Based on the book by Fortune Magazine reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, the film tells the story of top executives from America’s seventh largest company who walked away with more than $1 billion while investors and employees lost everything. This is one of several highlights at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre in September and October.

Sample what the 18th century has to offer during special performances that include:

  • “Founding Fathers,” 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 1-2 and 2 p.m. Sept. 6-30 every Monday through Friday (except Sept. 19) and 2 p.m. Oct. 4-27 every Monday through Friday (except Oct. 17). Meet Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry. Admission is free with Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor pass. Reservations are required.
  • “Martha Washington: Her Life and Times,” 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 20, 27, 29, Oct. 11, 13, 18, 25 and 27. General admission is $5, and senior and student admission is $4. Reservations are required.
  • “Crystal Concert,” 10:30 a.m. and noon Sept. 5, 26, 28, Oct. 5, 7, 10, 12, 19, 21, 24 and 26; 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 15 and 29; and 7 and 9 p.m., Sept. 2 and 17. Dean Shostak performs an exciting concert featuring music and stories on Benjamin Franklin’s glass armonica. All seats $5.
  • “Grand Medley of Entertainment,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. This program re-creates an 18th-century traveling show. Colonial performance ticket is $12.
  • 18th-century Play Series, 8 p.m. Colonial performance ticket is $12.
    “A Way to Keep Him,” Sept. 3, Oct. 13, 20 and 27. Join Mr. Lovemore, Sir Brilliant Fashion and Sir Bashful Constant as they struggle to school their wives and lovers in The Way to Keep Him.
    “A Miss in Her Teens,” Oct. 7. Miss Biddy Bellair challenges her beaus to prove their love.

    Films feature the best of foreign and American cinema and include:

  • Howl’s Moving Castle, 6:45 and 9 p.m., Sept. 1-7. A rich, engrossing tale from the master of animation Hayao Miyazaki. Sophie, an average teen-age girl, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is swept off her feet by a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl. Rated: PG.
  • A Tout de Suite, 7 and 8:45 p.m., Sept. 4-9. This highly anticipated new film from acclaimed French director Benoit Jacquot (“Sade” and “A Single Girl”) is based on actual events. Free-spirited Lili, a Parisian art student, falls for a charismatic bank robber and joins him on the run through Spain, Morocco and Greece. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • March of the Penguins, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m., Sept. 8-15. This film tells the story of one year in the life of a flock of Emperor penguins as they trek across the Antarctic on an annual journey. Rated: G.
  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, 7 and 9 p.m., Sept. 11-16. The inside story of one of history’s greatest business scandals. Written and directed by Alex Gibney. Not rated. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, a panel discussion immediately follows the 6:30 p.m. screening and is presented by the Undergraduate Program of the School of Business at the College of William and Mary. “The Enron Case: Leadership, Energy Markets, Ethics and Accounting Irregularities” is presented by panel members:
    Professor Cindy Emrich, School of Business—Leadership;
    Professor William R. Stewart Jr., David L. Peebles Professor, School of Business—Energy Markets;
    Professor Ron Sims, Floyd Dewey Gottwald Sr. Professor, School of Business—Ethics; and
    Professor Tom White, School of Business—Accounting and Auditing.
    Moderator: John Poma, J.D., M.B.A., Vice President–Human Resources, Massey Energy Co., Member of Business Partners Board, School of Business.
  • Heights, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Sept. 17-22. “Heights” follows five characters over 24 hours in New York City. All five must choose what kind of lives they will lead before the sun comes up on the next day. Rated: R.
  • Cinderella Man, 6:30 and 9 p.m., Sept. 18-23. Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe) is just a regular Joe who starts taking fights to feed his wife (Renee Zellweger) and family. Directed by Ron Howard. Rated: PG-13.
  • Me and You and Everyone We Know, 7 and 9 p.m., Sept. 24-28. A lonely shoe salesman (John Hawkes) contemplates a romance with an aspiring artist and cab driver (Miranda July, who also directed) while struggling through a divorce. Winner of the Producers Award at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, Best First Film at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival and Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Rated: R (sexual content involving children and language).
  • Saraband, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Sept. 25-30. More than 30 years after divorcing Johan (Erland Josephson), Marianne (Liv Ullmann) visits him and his family during a summer vacation. She becomes entangled in the conflicts between Johan and two generations of his progeny. Swedish with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • Last Days, 7 and 9 p.m., Oct. 1-5. Michael Pitt (“The Dreamers,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) stars as Blake, an introspective artist. “Last Days” follows Blake through a handful of hours he spends in and near his wooded home, a fugitive from his own life. Inspired in part by the life and death of rock musician Kurt Cobain. Rated: R.
  • The Beat that My Heart Skipped, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Oct. 4-10. French filmmaker Jacques Audiard has adapted and updated James Toback’s 1978 cult classic, “Fingers,” to come up with a moody, memorable study of a young man torn between a life of crime and classical music. French with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Murderball, 7 and 8:45 p.m., Oct. 11-16. “Murderball,” the original name for the full-contact sport now known as quad rugby, is played by quadriplegics in armored wheelchairs. Watching them in action—both on court and off—smashes every stereotype one has ever had about the handicapped. It redefines what it is to be a winner. Winner of the American Documentary Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Rated: R.
  • The Beautiful Country, 6:45 and 9 p.m., Oct. 16-23. Bui doi (“less than dust”) is a slur aimed at Vietnamese children with American fathers. This film, set in 1990, relates the odyssey of a young “bui doi” as he escapes Vietnam and searches for connection with his long-lost family. Starring Damien Nguyen with supporting performances by Nick Nolte and Tim Roth. Rated: R.
  • Saint Ralph, 7 and 8:45 p.m., Oct. 23-28. This funny, heartwarming and inspirational tale of a boy who dares to dream big stars newcomer Adam Butcher as Ralph. Fourteen-year-old Ralph fears life as an orphan if his mother doesn’t emerge from a coma. Rated: PG-13.
  • Asylum, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Set in 1950s England, “Asylum” tells the story of Stella Raphael (Natasha Richardson), a restless, beautiful woman who is desperate to find romantic love. Rated: R.
    Movie admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors, students and children.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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