Museum hosts cinematic \"Images of Oklahoma at the Movies\"

As depicted on film by Hollywood, the Sooner State is one of "termayters" and tornadoes, of outsiders and Okies.

And although they may not all be flattering portrayals " unwed teen mothers living at Wal-Mart, anyone? " the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch, will explore various "Images of Oklahoma at the Movies" with an eight-week series of Sunday-matinee screenings. The official centennial event begins 2 p.m. Sunday with the 1931 film "Cimarron."

Having the distinction of being the first Western to win an Academy Award for best Picture, "Cimarron" tells the story of a Land Run family.

Coming weeks will screen other Oscar winners, including:
" 1940's "The Grapes of Wrath" (July 15), from John Steinbeck's novel;
" 1955's "Oklahoma!" (July 22), an adaptation of the Broadway musical;
" and 1976's "Bound for Glory" (Aug. 5), a biopic of folk singer Woody Guthrie.

Tulsa finds itself the center of attention on July 29 with the 1949 oil drama "Tulsa," and again on Aug. 12 with Francis Ford Coppola's all-star "The Outsiders," from 1983.

The final two showings are the 1996 storm-chaser action film "Twister" and 2000's "Where the Heart Is," based on the book by Oklahoma author Billie Letts.

At 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29, panelists will show clips from all the films and discuss how Oklahoma was portrayed in each.

Tickets to each screening are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $5 for museum members. For more information, call 278-8237 or visit.. "Rod Lott

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