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Classic Film: All Quiet on the Western Front (1931, 131 min)
April 29, 2014
7:00 pm
One of the most powerful anti-war statements ever put on film, this gut-wrenching story concerns a group of friends who join the Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their fiery patriotism is quickly turned to horror and misery by the harsh realities of combat. Director Lewis Milestone pioneered the use of the sweeping crane shot to capture a ghastly battlefield panorama of death and mud, and the cast, led by Lew Ayres, is terrific. It's hard to pick a favorite scene, but the finale is one of the most devastating sequences of the decade. The film won Oscars for Best Picture and for Milestone's direction. All Quiet on the Western Front is a perennial must-see film.-–All Movie
Classic Film: Mildred Pierce (1945, 113 min)
May 06, 2014
7:00 pm
Following several gunshots, Monte Beragon (Zachary Scott) collapses in the living room of a beach house. He whispers the name "Mildred," and dies. His wife, Mildred Pierce-Beragon (Joan Crawford), soon arrives at the police station and acts suspiciously nervous, though denies killing her husband. When the police reveal the man they believe to be the culprit- Mildred's first husband, Bert Pierce (Bruce Bennett), who was the owner of the murder weapon- Mildred proclaims his innocence with emotion. Realizing that she knows more than she lets on, the detectives begin to gather information from Mildred-and the story has just begun......All Movie
International Film: The Attack (Belgium, Egypt, France, 2012, 102 minutes)
May 12, 2014
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Amin Jaafari is a respected Palestinian surgeon who lives in Tel Aviv. When a terrorist bombing strikes a nearby restaurant, Dr. Jaafari races to save those injured in the blast. His comfortable world is turned upside down later that night, however, when police summon him to identify the body of the bomber: his wife Sihem. Dr. Jaafari focuses his energy on finding the people who brought his wife into the dark world of extremism. As the result of his tense investigation, he is forced to face some difficult questions regarding his own identity and the complex decisions he's had to make while living in a region dominated by religious strife.—All Movie
Classic Film: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954,127 min)
May 13, 2014
7:00 pm
Kirk Douglas plays a trouble-shooting 19th century seaman, trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with scientist Paul Lukas and diver Peter Lorre, Douglas sets sail to investigate--and is promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo (James Mason), who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine. The film's special effects, including a giant squid, were impressive enough in 1954 to win an Academy Award.--All Movie
Classic Film: A Man for All Seasons (1966, 120 min)
May 20, 2014
7:00 pm
A Man for All Seasons takes place in 16th century England and concentrates on the last seven years of the life of Chancellor Sir Thomas More’s life and the struggle between More and his King, Henry VIII. This conflict hinges on Henry's determination to break with Rome so he can divorce his current wife and wed again, and good Catholic More's inability to go along with such heresy. More resigns as chancellor, hoping to be able to live out his life as a private citizen. But Henry will settle for nothing less than that the much respected More give public approval to his headstrong course.—All Movie
Classic Film: Bang the Drum Slowly (1973, 96 min)
May 27, 2014
7:00 pm
Masterfully acted and mercifully restrained, the screen version of Mark Harris's novel Bang the Drum Slowly is a genuinely moving account of an unusual friendship between two baseball players. Bang the Drum Slowly centers on professional baseball player Bruce Pearson (Robert DeNiro) and his team mate Henry Wiggen (Michael Moriarty). When hayseed Pearson first joined the team, he and Wiggen, the team's red-hot pitcher were oil and water. However, Wiggen supports Bruce to the bitter end after learning that the young catcher was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. –All Movie
Documentary: Girl Rising (2013, 101 minutes)
June 02, 2014
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Meryl Streep, and Chloe Moretz narrate this inspirational profile of nine girls from across the globe who vow to get an education despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their paths. From Cambodian orphan Sokha to Nepalese composer Suma and nomadic Indian Ruksana, each of these girls has an incredible story to tell as they strive to get a proper education, and realize their true potential. In hearing those stories, we discover how a single girl with drive and determination can become the catalyst for positive change on a global scale.—All Movie
Classic Film: 42nd Street (1933, 89 min)
June 03, 2014
7:00 pm
The quintessential "backstage" musical, 42nd Street traces the history of a Broadway musical comedy, from casting call to opening night. Warner Baxter plays famed director Julian Marsh, who despite failing health is determined to stage one last great production, "Pretty Lady." Others involved include "Pretty Lady" star Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels); Dorothy's "sugar daddy" (Guy Kibbee), who finances the show; her true love Pat (George Brent); leading man Billy Lawlor (Dick Powell); and starry-eyed chorus girl Peggy Sawyer (Ruby Keeler). Delightfully corny, with hilarious wisecracking support from the likes of Ginger Rogers, Una Merkel, and George E. Stone, 42nd Street is perhaps the most famous of Warners' Busby Berkeley musicals.–All Movie
Classic Film: All the King's Men (1949, 109 min)
June 10, 2014 Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men is inspired by the career of Louisiana governor Huey Long. Broderick Crawford won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Willie Stark, a backwoods Southern lawyer who wins the hearts of his constituents by bucking the corrupt state government. Journalist Jack Burden is impressed by Willie's seeming sincerity, and aids Stark on the road to political power. Once he's reached the governor's mansion, however, Willie proves himself to be as dishonest and despotic as the crooks whom he's replaced. In addition to its Oscars for Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge, All the King's Men won the Best Picture prize. --All Movie
Classic Film: Bad Day at Black Rock (1955, 81 min)
June 16, 2014
7:00 pm
This powerfully tense, fast-paced suspense drama also yields a grim social message about racial prejudice. Spencer Tracy is John J. MacReedy, a one-armed stranger who comes to the tiny town of Black Rock one hot summer day in 1945, the first time the train has stopped there in years. He looks for both a hotel room and a local Japanese farmer named Komoko, but his inquiries are greeted at first with open hostility, then with blunt threats and harassment, and finally with escalating violence. MacReedy soon realizes that he will not be allowed to leave Black Rock. The entire cast is flawless, especially Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin as the mean-spirited town bullies, and the relentlessly paced action never eclipses the film's sobering themes. --All Movie
International Film : Floating City (Hong Kong, 2012, 105 minutes)
June 23, 2014
2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
A blue-eyed Hong Kong child abandoned by his parents seeks the truth about his origins while forging a path into the future. Hong Kong: The 1940s. His parents too poor to raise a child, Bo Wah Chuen is forced to fend for himself. Shunned by his peers due to his Western appearance, Bo soon goes to work as a laborer, and becomes a successful engineer in the British colonies. Though he eventually settles down with a demure wife, haunted Bo later encounters a woman who not only touches his heart, but could be the key to his future success as well, setting him down a painful yet potentially rewarding path of discovery.—All Movie
Classic Film: Father of the Bride (1950, 94 min)
June 24, 2014
7:00 pm
Stanley T. Banks (Spender Tracy) is a securely middle-class lawyer whose daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she's going to marry her beau Buckley Dunstan (Don Taylor). From that point on, everything in Stanley's life is turned upside down. His wife Ellie (Joan Bennett) wants Kay to have the kind of formal wedding that she and Stanley never had, and between meeting his socially prominent, soon-to-be in-laws, his man-to-man talk with the groom, hosting the engagement party, financing the increasingly lavish wedding, and wondering if Kay and Buckley will resolve their differences before arriving at the altar, Stanley barely has time to deal with his own considerable anxieties about his advancing age and how his "little girl" became a grown woman.--All Movie
Classic Film: The Bad and the Beautiful (1952, 118 min)
July 01, 2014
7:00 pm
Kirk Douglas plays the corrupt and amoral head of a major film studio in this Hollywood drama. Actress Gloria Lorrison (Lana Turner), director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan), and screenwriter James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell) are invited to a meeting at a Hollywood sound stage at the request of producer Harry Pebbel (Walter Pidgeon). Pebbel is working with studio chief Jonathan Shields (Douglas), whose studio is in financial trouble and needs a blockbuster hit. If these three names will sign to a new project, he's convinced that there's no way he can lose. But there's a rub -- all three of these Hollywood heavyweights hate Shields's guts. The Bad and the Beautiful won five Academy Awards.--All Movie

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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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