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Classic Film: An American in Paris (1931, 113 min)
September 16, 2014
7:00 pm
Gene Kelly stars as Jerry Mulligan, an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony. He is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts, who becomes Jerry's patroness in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Jerry plays hookey on this setup by romancing waif-like Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron) -- who, unbeknownst to him, is the object of the affections of his close friend Henri, a popular nightclub performer. Highlights include co-star Georges Guetary's rendition of "Stairway to Paradise"; Oscar Levant's fantasy of conducting and performing Gershwin's "Concerto in F"; and the closing 17-minute "American in Paris" ballet, in which Kelly and Caron dance before lavish backgrounds based on the works of famed French artists.—All Movie
Classic Film: Written on the Wind (1956, 99 min)
September 23, 2014
7:00 pm
The story revolves around the Hadleys, a wealthy but thoroughly debauched family of Texas oil millionaires and follows the heated shenanigans of the unhappy family foursome: sibling oil-dynasty millionaires Kyle (Robert Stack) and Marylee Hadley (Dorothy Malone); Lucy Moore (Lauren Bacall), Kyle's new wife; and virile Hadley Oil geologist Mitch Wayne (Rock Hudson), the Hadleys' best friend since childhood. Kyle manages to win beautiful, level-headed advertising executive Lucy away from his best friend, but Lucy soon comes to regret her decision to marry into the hell-on-earth Hadley family. The actors dig into their roles with gusto; Stack and Malone were both nominated for their supporting turns, while Hudson's performance as the virile Mitch rivals his role in the previous year's All That Heaven Allows.
Classic Film: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958, 108 min)
September 30, 2014
7:00 pm
The raw emotions and crackling dialogue of Tennessee Williams’ 1955 Pulitzer Prize play rumble like a thunderstorm in this dynamic film version. The story focuses on a troubled Southern family and the discord over their dying father's millions. Paul Newman earned his first Oscar nomination as troubled ex-sports hero Brick. In a performance that marked a transition to richer adult roles, Elizabeth Taylor received her second. Her portrayal of Maggie the Cat is a vivid portrait of passionate loyalty. Burl Ives repeats his triumphant Broadway portrayal of Big Daddy.--All Movie
Documentary: Chasing Ice (2011, 74 minutes)
October 06, 2014
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski profiles National Geographic photographer James Balog as he endeavors to capture undeniable proof of climate change by launching the ambitious Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), a project that entails using time-lapse photography to document shifting ice glaciers. With the aid of his young assistants, Balog travels to three continents, placing 30 cameras in key positions to record vivid images of the majestic ice caps as they slowly melt away. In the process of capturing these incredible shots, Balog finds his skepticism fading, and experiences a brush with mortality that leaves him positively convinced that nature is currently experiencing a profound shift, the likes of which has never been witnessed by modern man.—All Movie
Classic Film: The Taming of the Shrew (1967, 126 min)
October 07, 2014
7:00 pm

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Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" is a zesty version of the classic comedy, highlighted by performances by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and Nino Rota's score. Set in Padua, Italy in the late 1500s, the story concerns the shy Bianca and the mean-spirited Katarina, the two daughters of a rich merchant named Baptista. Though Bianca is being courted by a number of young men, Baptista announces that she may not marry until Katarina is wed. None of the men in town are willing to marry Katarina, so Bianca remains unwed, even as more suitors line up to try to wed her. No man approaches Katarina until Petruchio (Richard Burton--a wanderer who arrived in Padua just to find a rich wife--falls in love with her and an intense, occasionally furious, courtship begins. The Taming of the Shrew received Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design, and opened the British Royal Film Festival.--All Movie. The film is being shown as part of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library's celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The celebration will also feature a lecture on October 16. For more information about the lecture, click on the Website link to the left and then click on "Spoken Word."
Classic Film: Kiss Me Kate (1953, 110 min)
October 14, 2014
7:00 pm

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The screen version of Cole Porter's hit Broadway musical shares all the wit and brightness of the original's showbiz interpretation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Kiss Me Kate is a musical within a musical -- altogether appropriate, since The Taming of the Shrew is a play within a play. Howard Keel and Kathryn Grayson star as a famous Broadway singing team who haven't worked together since their acrimonious divorce. Keel, collaborating with Cole Porter, plans to star in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew titled "Kiss Me Kate." Both he and Porter agree that only one actress should play the tempestuous Katherine, and that's Grayson. But she isn't buying, especially after discovering that Keel's latest paramour, Ann Miller, is going to be playing Bianca. Virtually all of the play's songs are retained from the Broadway version. –All Movie. The film is being shown as part of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library's celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The celebration will also feature a lecture on October 16. For more information about the lecture, click on the Website link to the left and then click on "Spoken Word."
International Film: The Great Match (Mongolia, Brazil, Niger, 2006, 88 minutes)
October 20, 2014
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Filmmaker Gerardo Olivares raises crucial questions concerning globalization and the information age with this lighthearted tale of three groups inhabiting isolated corners of the globe, yet all sharing the common goal of watching the 2002 World Cup finals no matter how far they must travel to do so. Germany and Brazil are about to go toe-to-toe in the biggest game on the planet, and despite the fact that they're hundreds of miles from the nearest television, these three soccer-loving groups are determined to witness every breathtaking goal. For a family of Mongolian nomads, this means traversing some of the most treacherous terrain on the planet. Of course the Tuaregs of Sahara don't have it much easier, and the Amazon Indians who long to root on their team will have navigate the so-called "Green Inferno" just to reach the nearest television. While most folks take instant access to information for granted, these three groups will travel hundreds of miles just to experience but a precious few hours of football-induced bliss.—All Movie.
Classic Film: King Lear (1983, 158 min)
October 21, 2014
7:00 pm

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Laurence Olivier shines as King Lear, an aging king who wants to retire by abdicating to his three daughters. However, in an act of petty ego stroking, he asks them who among them loves him most. While two daughters eagerly toady to him, his youngest, honest, and truly loving daughter Cordelia, refuses play along with this foolish charade. In a rage, Lear exiles her along with his one loyal aide who dares to stick up for her. This foolhardy move works to Lear's sorrow as his two remaining daughters cruelly and gradually strip him of his status and possessions until he is rendered an insane hermit attended only by his fool. All the while, the illegitimate son of another lord is plotting his own ambitions while contributing to this tragic tale of ego and familial cruelty. The film is being shown as part of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library's celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The celebration will also feature a lecture on October 16. For more information about the lecture, click on the Website link to the left and then click on "Spoken Word."
Classic Film: A Thousand Acres (1997, 105 min)
October 28, 2014
7:00 pm

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A modernized version of Shakespeare's King Lear, this film is based on Jane Smiley's novel about an aging farmer and his three daughters. The Lear-like farmer, Larry Cook (Jason Robards), decides to divide up his thousand-acre farm among his three daughters, but he disinherits his youngest, Caroline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) when she expresses hesitancy. The other sisters, Ginny (Jessica Lange) and Rose (Michelle Pfeiffer), take up the offer, even though they were mistreated by their father as children. They also take up romantically with the hippie son of a neighboring farmer, Jess Clark (Colin Firth). A widely acclaimed film about silence and betrayal ... rivalry and revenge. The film is being shown as part of the Friends of the Cranford Public Library's celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The celebration will also feature a lecture on October 16. For more information about the lecture, click on the Website link to the left and then click on "Spoken Word."

For more information about these films, visit the Rovi Movie Guide (http://www.allrovi.com/movies) or the Internet Movie Database (http://imdb.com).

Above Films will be shown in the Audio-Visual Room at the Cranford Community Center (220 Walnut Avenue). Free admission. All are welcome. Wheel-chair accessible. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.



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