Monday, February 13, 2012

Academy Awards Film Festival in February!

This February we are hosting our first Academy Awards© Film Festival! We've chosen one movie from each of 6 decades: the 1940s through the 1990s. We'll be showing these on 3 Saturday afternoons in February. Below are the two middle selections: West Side Story and The Sting.
West Side Story
Not Rated (152 minutes)
Sat., Feb. 18 @ 11:45 am

The winner of 10 Academy Awards, this 1961 musical by choreographer Jerome Robbins and director Robert Wise (The Sound of Music) remains irresistible. Based on a smash Broadway play updating Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the 1950s era of juvenile delinquency, the film stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as the star-crossed lovers from different neighborhoods--and ethnicities. The film's real selling points, however, are the highly charged and inventive song-and-dance numbers, the passionate ballads, the moody sets, colorful support from Rita Moreno, and the sheer accomplishment of Hollywood talent and technology producing a film so stirring. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim wrote the score. --Tom Keogh

The Sting
Rated PG (129 minutes)
Sat., Feb. 18 @ 2:30 pm

The winner of 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture, The Sting has become one of America's favorite and most critically acclaimed films. Robert Redford and Paul Newman star as two con men in the 1930's out to avenge the death of a friend. They seek revenge on a crime lord (Robert Shaw) with a "sting" that is one of the greatest double-crosses in movie history, complete with an amazing surprise finish. Directed by George Ray Hill and written by David S. Ward.

Admission is Free. Popcorn and water are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library.


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