Bernie, with Professor David T. Johnson
April 10, 2014, 7 p.m.
Humanities Center 218
Bernie (2011) tells the true story of Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), a small-town Texas mortician who forges an unlikely friendship with an older wealthy woman (Shirley MacLaine) that eventually leads to murder. The crime and trial consumed the imagination of the local community when it first occurred, largely because no one believed Tiede would ever be convicted, so beloved was he by the town. Director Richard Linklater collaborating on a screenplay with Skip Hollandsworth from an article originally written for Texas Monthly, brings this strange true-crime story to screen in a film that was initially panned by reviewers but later found commercial and critical success. David T. Johnson, Professor of English at Salisbury University and author of the recent book Richard Linklater (University of Illinois Press, 2012), will introduce the film, discussing it in the context of Linklater's work as a director. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.