THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER presents
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS (PART 2): 20TH CENTURY FOX
Includes cinema classics BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, LAURA, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS and an appearance by Jerry Schatzberg with THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK
New York, NY (June 28, 2013) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today Fasten Your Seatbelts (Part 2): 20th Century Fox (August 9-15), a summertime big screen showcase of some of the movie studio’s most beloved and unforgettable films. Presented via DCP restorations and beautiful studio library 35mm prints, with a focus on a single artist and their creative contribution to each film, Fasten Your Seatbelts is sure to be a truly rare movie-going event. In the summer of 2010, FSLC presented the first Fasten Your Seatbelts series to coincide with and celebrate 20th Century Fox’s 75th Anniversary. The popularity of that series, including screenings of classics like ALL ABOUT EVE, M*A*S*H and ALIEN all but demanded that Film Society and the studio present a “sequel” at some point.
Programming Associate, Josh Strauss, said, “The Fasten Your Seatbelts film series offer a great opportunity for both dedicated cinephiles and casual film fans to sit side-by-side and enjoy films that have stood the test of time and continue to entertain today. This time, with our spotlight shining on 20th Century Fox, anyone would be hardpressed not to find a favorite amongst this group of films, all presented in fine fashion via new digital restorations or pristine 35mm prints projected on the grand Walter Reade Theater screen.”
Among the many highlights that fill the Fasten Your Seatbelts schedule are salutes to silver screen legends like Bette Davis in Robert Aldrich’s gothic chiller HUSH… HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964), Henry Fonda’s iconic role as Tom Joad in John Ford’s THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940), Gene Tierney’s alluring beauty in Otto Preminger’s noir standard-bearer LAURA (1944), Tony Curtis in one of his most accomplished performances as serial killer Albert DeSalvo in Richard Fleischer’s THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968) and Joanne Woodward’s Academy Award-winning turn as a woman dealing with multiple-personality disorder in Nunnally Johnson’s THE THREE FACES OF EVE (1957).
Directors showcased include Michael Mann with a special Director’s Cut presentation of THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1992), his big-screen telling of James Fenimore Cooper’s historical novel, Robert Altman’s underappreciated film 3 WOMEN (1977), Mark Robson’s 60’s camp classic VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1968), and Jerry Schatzberg’s gritty and harrowing drama THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (1971) starring a young Al Pacino. As an added bonus, Schatzberg will participate in a post-screening Q&A to talk about the film.
In addition, film craftsmen will get their due, including cinematographer Owen Roizman via a screening of William Friedkin’s five time Academy Award winner THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971), and composers Burt Bacharach and Alfred Newman will be celebrated with screenings of George Roy Hill’s BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) and Anatole Litvak’s ANASTASIA (1956), respectively. Finally, Art Director Richard Day’s work will be on display in Rouben Mamoulian’s lush bullfighting drama, BLOOD AND SAND (1941).
Tickets for Fasten Your Seatbelts (Part 2): 20th Century Fox are now on sale. Single screening tickets are $13; $9 for students and seniors (62+); and $8 for Film Society members. A three-film package is $30; $24 for students and seniors (62+); and $21 for Film Society members. Discount prices apply with the purchase of tickets to three films or more. Visit www.FilmLinc.com for complete film festival information.
Films, Descriptions & Schedule (in alphabetical order)
Director Spotlight: Robert Altman
3 WOMEN (1977) 124min
Director: Robert Altman
At an isolated desert health spa for the elderly, three young women (Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Janice Rule) form an unusual bond. Fascinating, pathetic, bizarre, and real, this is Altman’s most psychologically haunting, offbeat, and visually captivating film.
August 10 at 6:30PM
Composer Spotlight: Alfred Newman
ANASTASIA (1956) 105min
Director: Anatole Litvak
Returning to Hollywood after years of working with husband Roberto Rossellini in Italy, Ingrid Bergman dazzled American mainstream audiences with her portrayal of a recovering amnesiac with a striking resemblance to the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, rumored to be executed by the Bolsheviks. This timeless classic co-Star’s Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes.
August 15 at 6:15PM
Art Director Spotlight: Richard Day
BLOOD AND SAND (1941) 125min
Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Based on the 1909 Spanish novel Blood and Sand (Sangre y arena) by Vincente Blasco Ibanez, this lush classic stars Tyrone Power as Juan Gallardo, a peasant who rises to fame and fortune in the bull arenas of Madrid. Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, and Anthony Quinn co-star in this early Technicolor spectacle.
August 11 at 8:30PM
Actor Spotlight: Tony Curtis
THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968) 116min
Director: Richard Fleischer
Tony Curtis gives what many consider to be his best performance since SOME LIKE IT HOT with a very dark turn as the mentally unstable Albert DeSalvo in this slick manhunt to find the most talked about serial killer in the nation. Henry Fonda and George Kennedy co-star as the head investigators assigned to track down the killer.
August 10 at 4:00PM
Composer Spotlight: Burt Bacharach
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) 110min
Director: George Roy Hill
Paul Newman and Robert Redford portray outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and show off their flair for perfect comedic timing as they pull off one heist after another in what proved to be the biggest box office hit of 1969.
August 9 at 5:30PM
Actor Spotlight: Peter Fonda
DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY (1974) 93min
Director: John Hough
In Fox’s most popular release of 1974, would-be race car driver Larry (Peter Fonda) and his mechanic Deke (Adam Roark) pull off a major grocery store heist, but must keep one step ahead of the law in a high-speed, muscle car romp across California.
August 15 at 8:30PM
Cinematographer Spotlight: Owen Roizman
THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) 104min
Director: William Friedkin
Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Friedkin’s crime thriller is an enduring classic and features one of the most memorable and exhilarating car chases in cinema, shot under the elevated B train in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.
August 12 at 9:00PM
Actor Spotlight: Henry Fonda
THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940) 129min
Director: John Ford
Forced off their land during The Dust Bowl, the Joad family’s journey from Oklahoma to California is depicted in this historic film version of John Steinbeck’s Depression-era masterpiece.
August 11 at 5:45PM
Actress Spotlight: Bette Davis
HUSH… HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964) 133min
Director: Robert Aldrich
Following the hugely successful WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?, Aldrich reunited Bette Davis and Joan Crawford only to have Davis intentionally push Crawford out, replacing her with friend Olivia de Havilland who ends up shining in the role of Miriam. This glorious melodramatic chiller follows a Southern woman’s (Davis) mysterious descent into madness after the return of her cousin (de Havilland). Co-starring Joseph Cotton and the legendary Agnes Moorehead.
August 11 at 3:00PM
Director Spotlight: Michael Mann
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (Director’s Cut) (1992) 112min
Director: Michael Mann
At the height of the battle between the British and the French for control of the American colonies frontiersman Hawkeye (Daniel-Day Lewis) saves two newly arrived English settling sisters. Michael Mann’s cut of his critically acclaimed stylish production digitally restored is a rare big screen event.
August 9 at 7:45PM
Actress Spotlight: Gene Tierney
LAURA (1944) 88min
Director: Otto Preminger
Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) has been murdered, and as NYC detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates, he finds that everyone seems to be in love with her—eventually he, too, gradually falls under her spell. Otto Preminger's classic noir mystery received four Academy Award nominations, including a win for Best Cinematography.
August 11 at 1:00PM
Director Spotlight: John Ford
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) 97min
Director: John Ford
In what many consider John Ford’s best Western, Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) is forced to deal with town criminals while tracking down and bringing to justice the men who killed his brothers. With help from Doc Holliday (Victor Mature), Earp's pursuit ultimately involves the history-making confrontation at the O.K. Corral.
August 14 at 6:15PM
Director Spotlight: Jerry Schatzberg
THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (1971) 110min
Director: Jerry Schatzberg
The nickname for Sherman Square Park on 72nd and Broadway and a haven for junkies during the John Lindsay New York City mayoral years, THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK follows Bobby (Al Pacino) and Helen (Kitty Winn) through the cold, corrupt powerlessness of their addiction to heroin.
August 12 at 6:15PM
Jerry Schatzberg will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.
Actress Spotlight: Olivia de Havilland
THE SNAKE PIT (1948) 108min
Director: Anatole Litvak
After three months of grueling research in which the entire cast and crew visited various mental institutions, director Anatole Litvak created a landmark drama depicting the brutal and ignorant regimentation of mental institution staff during the 40s and 50s. The film’s release would go on to spark important policy changes in the running of such institutions.
August 14 at 8:30PM
Actress Spotlight: Joanne Woodward
THE THREE FACES OF EVE (1957) 91min
Director: Nunnally Johnson
Joanne Woodward portrays Eve Black, Eve White, and Jane in a star-making performance that earned her critical acclaim and the 1958 Academy Award for Best Actress. This small town drama focuses on the disturbing effects of multiple personality disorder, now known as Dissociative Identity Disorder.
August 13 at 6:00PM
Director Spotlight: Mark Robson
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1967) 123min
Director: Mark Robson
The film version of Jacqueline Susann’s novel is “camp” at its best. We follow the rise and fall of three starlets that succumb to dark mascara, liquid eyeliner and prescription pills. Patty Duke’s singing scenes alone make the film a must-see, especially on the big screen with an audience.
August 10 at 9:00PM
Public Screening Schedule
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam
Friday, August 9
5:30PM Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
7:45PM The Last of the Mohicans
Saturday, August 10
4:00PM The Boston Strangler
6:30PM 3 Women
9:00PM Valley of the Dolls
Sunday, August 11
3:00PM Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte
5:45PM The Grapes of Wrath
8:30PM Blood and Sand
Monday, August 12
6:15PM The Panic in Needle Park (Q&A with Jerry Schatzberg)
9:00PM The French Connection
Tuesday, August 13
6:00PM The Three Faces of Eve
Wednesday, August 14
6:15PM My Darling Clementine
8:30PM The Snake Pit
Thursday, August 15
8:30PM Dirty Mary Crazy Larry
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