The 1st Annual Classic Film Festival
|Written by Hotspots on August 23 2012|
a portion of the Ticket Sales Benefit The Sun-Sentinel Children's Fund.
The Classic Gateway Theatre will present 15 of the greatest movies of all time during their 1st Annual Classic Film Festival, August 31 through September 27, 2012. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the Sun-Sentinel Children's Fund.
Arthur Friedman, the operating partner of the Classic Gateway, believes that if you’ve never seen classic movies directed by the masters in a movie theatre – where they were made to be seen – you're in for a treat.
Mr. Friedman, who has owned and operated movie theatres such as the legendary Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, MA, and the four unique theatres on Martha’s Vineyard, is a lover of classic movies. “Ever since I was a kid, I learned that the theatrical experience cannot be duplicated on television, video or any other new technology." commented Freidman. “There’s something about being in a theatre with an audience watching a great movie that is magical and cannot be replicated. Having an emotional experience - laughing or crying, being thrilled or just simply enjoying - together with family, friends, neighbors and the rest of the audience ... is a feeling beyond words.”
The 1st Annual Classic Film Festival will feature, among others, one of the most treasured films of all time: Gone with The Wind; Orson Welles' Citizen Kane; Billy Wilder’s Some Like it Hot; The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland; Roman Polanski’s Chinatown; Robert Wise’s West Side Story; Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest; George Steven’s Shane; Woody Allen’s Annie Hall; Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey; and the most popular Hollywood Musical of all time, Singin’ in the Rain, directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly.
THE 1st Annual Classic Film Festival
ANNIE HALL (1977) - Winner of 4 Oscars Annie Hall is Woody Allen at his best. Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).
CASABLANCA (1942) - Winner of 3 Oscars is directed by Michael Curtiz and stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
CHINATOWN (1974) - This Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay, by Robert Townsend, lives up to its win. Directed by Roman Polanski the multi-layered film noir style thriller was inspired by the California Water Wars and stars Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston.
CITIZEN KANE (1941) – The Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay has been claimed the greatest film of all time in each of the last five Sight & Sound's polls of critics. Written, directed by and starring Orson Welles the film describes real life, behind a façade of fiction. It examines the life and legacy of Charles Foster Kane, played by Welles, a character based in part upon the American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Chicago tycoons Samuel Insull and Harold McCormick, and aspects of Welles's own life. Citizen Kane tells the story of an enormously wealthy media proprietor who dies in a bed while holding a snow globe and utters "Rosebud..."; the globe slips from his dying hand and smashes. Kane's death then becomes sensational news around the world. Newsreel reporter Jerry Thompson (William Alland) tries to find out about Kane's private life and, in particular, to discover the meaning behind his last word.
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) - Winner of 8 Oscars this American classic is one of the most treasured films of all time. Adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel of the same name, the historical epic produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Victor Fleming remains the most spectacular piece of filmmaking in cinematic history. Set in the deep South against the backdrop of the Civil War and the Restoration period, the eternal love affair between handsome Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and the sassy, headstrong Scarlett O'Hara (Vivian Leigh) has thrilled audiences for more than half a century.
MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969) - Director John Schlesinger’s groundbreaking film received 3 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. This gritty, unrelentingly bleak look at the seedy underbelly of urban American life is undeniably disturbing, but stars Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight's performances make it difficult to turn away.
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) - Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense thriller stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. In the film, Grant portrays a hapless New York advertising executive who is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
SHANE (1953) - George Stevens directs one of the most popular westerns of all time which won the Oscar for Best Cinematography. Starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Jack Palance the story follows a weary gunfighter who attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) - Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor star in one of the greatest musical comedies of all time directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, with Kelly also providing the choreography. It offers a lighthearted depiction of Hollywood, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to talkies. Singin' In The Rain won Oscars for Best Musical Score and Best Song.
SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) - Billy Wilder directs Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and the one and only Marilyn Monroe in this romantic screwball comedy that won the Oscar for Best Costume Design. The story follows two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry who witness the St. Valentine's Day massacre. They want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They're desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida.
SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) - Master director Billy Wilder’s ultimate Hollywood movie stars William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim. Joe Gillis (Holden) is an unsuccessful screenwriter; Norma Desmond (Swanson) is a faded silent movie star who draws him into her fantasy world where she dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen with her butler and ex-husband (Erich von Stroheim). Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough and Jack Webb play supporting roles. Director Cecil B. DeMille and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper play themselves, and the film includes cameo appearances by leading silent film actors Buster Keaton, H. B. Warner and Anna Q. Nilsson. Sunset Boulevard was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won three.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962) - Winner of 3 Oscars, this heart wrenching classic was directed by Robert Mulligan from Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning book and Horton Foote’s Oscar winning screenplay. Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South who defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. To Kill a Mockingbird marks the film debuts of Robert Duvall, William Windom, and Alice Ghostley.
WEST SIDE STORY (1961) - The classic Broadway musical transitioned from stage to the silver screen winning 10 Oscars. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, with music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the Romeo and Juliet based story moves to the streets of New York with Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer as two young people from rival gangs who fall in love. The film also stars Rita Moreno and George Chakiris.
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) - The beloved fantasy musical starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, who is transported with her dog Toto to the land of Oz when a tornado strikes. Along the way she meets The Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) The Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) and the Tin Man (Jack Haley). The film took two Oscars including Best Original Song for "Over the Rainbow."
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) - Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant vision of the future and landmark epic received the Oscar for Best Special Visual Effects. The story is about a series of encounters between humans and mysterious black monoliths that are affecting human evolution, and a space voyage to Jupiter tracing a signal emitted by one such monolith found on the moon. Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood star as two astronauts on the voyage with a sentient computer, HAL 9000, who has full control over their spaceship.
Admission Prices: Matinee (before 4pm): $8.00 | Adult (4pm and after): $10.00 |
Location: The Classic Gateway Theatre is located at 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale.
For additional information and a complete schedule visit: TheGatewayTheatre.com or call 954.763.7994.