On September 14 & 15, in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month and the centennial of his birth, the University will host a film festival featuring the great Puerto Rican actor, José Ferrer (1912-1992). In a career that spanned over forty years, José Ferrer made more than fifty films, including Cyrano de Bergerac, for which he became the first Latino actor to win an Academy Award in 1950. On April 26, 2012, the U.S. Postal Service released a first class stamp of Ferrer to honor the “groundbreaking Latino movie, theater and television performer and the first Puerto Rican actor to succeed in Hollywood.” Ferrer was also the beloved uncle of Regent President Carlos Campo.
The film festival will feature discussions about Ferrer’s life and work with the actor’s children, Latino film scholar Dr. Charles Ramirez Berg, and Dr. Campo. Three of Ferrer’s most significant films will be screened: Cyrano de Bergerac, The Caine Mutiny, and Moulin Rouge. The festival is free and open to the public and will take place in Screening Rooms A & B in the Performing Arts Center.
To supplement the film festival, the Library has placed all the José Ferrer films in our collection on 3-day reserve. To view the available films click here. Regent students, staff, faculty, and alumni may check the films out by requesting them at the circulation desk.