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1998 thriller turns tables on a stalker

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The Tower Theatre presents director Christopher Nolan's 1998 debut "Following" on Wednesday as part of its One-Night Stand series.

The thriller stars Jeremy Theobald (who also co-produced the film) as a stalker who has the tables turned on him by some of his victims. Things begin to fall apart for the unnamed lead character when he meets the mysterious Cobb (Alex Haw), who becomes his "partner-in-crime" and leads him on a crime spree that includes breaking into other peoples' homes and apartments. At the same time, the man also finds himself getting involved with another of his victims (Lucy Russell), who may not be what she seems.

"Following" preceded Nolan's current theatrical release "Memento," and the two movies share some things in common, including the filmmaker's trademark use of "shattered narrative" — the story is told through flashbacks. (And Nolan's brother Jonathan, who wrote the short story upon which "Memento" was based, shows up in this film in a small role as a police detective.)

"Following" is in black and white and is not rated but would probably receive an R for frequent strong profanity and some violence.

The One-Night Stand series features special one-time screenings of independent and foreign films that have not been shown in local theaters. "Following" will show Wednesday at 7 and 8:20 p.m. For ticket information, call 412-1824.

BYU'S MOTION PICTURE ARCHIVES FILM SERIES will present a special screening of "Brigham Young — Frontiersman," the highly fictionalized 1940 film about the LDS Church leader, on Thursday, July 26.

The film stars Dean Jagger in the title role and co-stars Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell. The supporting cast includes Vincent Price as church founder Joseph Smith.

"Brigham Young — Frontiersman" is in black and white. The film was made before ratings but would probably receive a PG by today's standards for some Western violence.

This special screening is sponsored by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections and will include a showing of the Movietone newsreel account of the original Salt Lake premiere of the film.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film shows at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium (located on the first floor, which is two floors below the entrance). Seating is limited. No food or drink will be permitted in the auditorium, and children under 8 years of age will not be admitted. For further information, please call 801-378-6371.

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