The HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival Celebrates Its 22nd Year
PRESENTED BY BANK OF AMERICAWITH THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, CITYMD AND TALENTIFREE OUTDOOR CLASSIC FILM SERIES JUNE 16 - AUGUST 18
June 02, 2014 --
NEW YORK, June2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Once again, Bryant Park will be a destination for film buffs on summer nights in New York City, with an incredible line up for the 22nd year of the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presented by Bank of America with the Wall Street Journal, CityMD, Talenti, in association with Bryant Park Corporation.
Continuing the popular tradition of presenting "stars under the stars," the free outdoor festival returns Monday evenings at sunset, beginning June 16 and running through August 18. The season kicks off with the 1977 classic, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER.
The festival's closing night film; The Shining is expected to be a crowd pleaser. The horror film classic was a box office hit giving us the famous line "Heeeeere's Johnny! Other highlights of this year's festival include Denzel Washington in A SOLDIER'S Story, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in Key Largo and Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation.
"It is with great pride thatHBO celebrates the 22nd season of showing classic films on the big screen in Bryant Park. The festival has become a favorite summertime tradition for many New Yorkers," said Richard Plepler, CEO, HBO.
"The Summer Film Festival has quickly joined the ranks of 'musts' for residents and visitors alike," said Jeff Barker, Bank of America New York City president. "Enjoying a classic film in the heart of New York City alongside people from all walks of life is a truly unique experience."
The films are projected in 35mm onto a screen 20 feet high by 40 feet wide. Bryant Park is located at 42nd Street and the Avenue of the Americas. Snacks, meals and refreshments are available at Bryant Park 'wichcraft kiosks, the Southwest Porch and the Bryant Park Grill and Cafe, plus an expanded selection of curated food options from the Hester Street Fair. Each presentation starts on Monday evenings at sunset. The lawn opens at 5pm. Classic animation provided courtesy of Warner Bros.
For more information, call the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival hotline at (212) 512-5700. For film series information, visit the festival's website at hbo.com/hbobryantparkfilmfestival(Live June 8th).
THE HBO BRYANT PARK SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL 2014
JUNE 16-SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Paramount) John Travolta became a pop culture icon with a turn around the dance floor as Tony Manero. He scored Oscar and Golden Globe Best Actor nominations to boot. Tony was a teen just stayin' alive with a dead-end job and dead-end friends. His success story (drawn from a New York magazine article) shows how the Brooklyn boy in white polyester hustled his way off the mean streets. The worldwide best-selling soundtrack is packed with Bee Gees' hits. Disco lives! (1977) 118 Min. R Rated
JUNE 23-THE MARK OF ZORRO (Fox) In old California, the peasants were in desperate need of protection from the villainous Spaniards who ruled. A caped avenger, Zorro (Tyrone Power), came to their rescue. Power's climactic rapier duel with nasty Basil Rathbone is a highlight, as is the Oscar-nominated score by Alfred Newman. Originally played in 1920 by dashing Douglas Fairbanks, Zorro has since been portrayed by Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, George (the gay blade) Hamilton and on TV by Guy Hamilton and Frank Langella. (1940) 94 Min. Not Rated
JUNE 30-A SOLDIER'S STORY (Sony/Columbia) This tense murder-mystery is set on a Louisiana military base in the 1940's. An unpopular sergeant has turned up dead and a black army lawyer from up north leads the inquiry. Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, it was an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and for the performance of Adolph Caesar. Howard Rollins Jr. and Denzel Washington star. Shot in Arkansas, then governor Bill Clinton provided soldiers from the state's National Guard as extras. (1984) 101 Min. PG Rated
JULY 7-BLAZING SADDLES (Warner Bros.) The Old West was never like this, never so much fun. Mel Brooks' rude brand of humor, use of the "N" word, a horse-punching scene and a flatulent cowboy campfire caused some concern among studio executives. The public, however, loved every moment of the outrageous comedy. Cleavon Little is an improbable sheriff and Gene Wilder, the Waco Kid. Richard Pryor gets a screenplay credit, Count Basie has a cameo. On the AFI list of 100 Funniest Movies, "B.S." ranks #6. (1974) 93 Min. Panavision R Rated
JULY 14-SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER (Sony/Columbia) A powerhouse cast brings Tennessee Williams' lurid psychodrama to life. What really transpired last summer when a European vacation went bad? Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift are the stars. The dueling divas chewed some scenery, but were both Oscar-nominated. Gore Vidal's screenplay had to soft pedal the subject somewhat, as one didn't mention cannibalism, pedophilia, lobotomy and incest in polite 1950's society. Fasten your seatbelts. (1959) 114 Min. Not Rated
July 21-NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION (Warner Bros.) The Griswold family heads cross-country to Walley World theme park. Their quest for fun becomes the road trip from Hell. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo head a cast which includes Randy Quaid, Imogene Coca, Anthony Michael Hall, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and, as the dream girl in a red Ferrari, Christie Brinkley. The less-than-PC script by John Hughes is based on his short story, which appeared in National Lampoon. Direction is by the late Harold Ramis. (1983) 98 Min. R Rated
JULY 28-KEY LARGO (Warner Bros.) Maxwell Anderson wrote the play that inspired this claustrophobic suspense tale of a WWII vet forced into a confrontation with a ruthless gangster and his gang. It all plays out at a seedy Florida hotel during hurricane season. John Huston directed Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall (her last film with Bogey), Claire Trevor (an Oscar win) and Lionel Barrymore. The film, however, belongs to tough-guy Edward G. Robinson, as volatile gangster Johnny Rocco, a villain for all seasons. (1948) 100 Min. Not Rated
AUG. 4-THE KARATE KID (Sony/Columbia) What kid? Ralph Macchio was going on 23 when he starred as a bullied high-school student, recently transferred to southern California from New Jersey. Taken under the wing of an elderly handyman, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita, Oscar nominated), he is taught discipline (by painting fences and waxing cars?) and self-defense through Karate. In the feel-good finale, the Jersey boy gets to kick some bully butt. A feeble 2010 remake starred Jackie Chan, but it was not renamed "The Kung-Fu Kid." (1984) 126 Min. PG Rated
AUG. 11-LOVER COME BACK (Universal) After the phenomenal success of "Pillow Talk," Doris Day and Rock Hudson (and best buddy Tony Randall) were teamed up for another frothy romantic-comedy. Doris and Rock played competing Madison Avenue ad executives, willing to stoop as low as need be to score clients. Oscar-nominated for story/screenplay, this battle of the sexes features loads of innuendo and plenty of tension as to the keeping of Doris's virtue intact. In April, Miss Day celebrated the big 9-0. Congratulations. (1961) 107 Min. Not Rated
AUG.18-THE SHINING (Warner Bros.) It may be more Stanley Kubrick than Stephen King, but this elegant horror film creates an unbearable tension as it builds to the big-axe finale. Jack Nicholson, in fine form, plays an unstable writer who takes a job at a resort during the off- season. Snowstorms tend to isolate the Overlook Hotel, which may be haunted by ghosts who never checked out. The marvelous Shelley Duvall is understated as Jack's wife, while Scatman Crothers and Danny Lloyd shine in support. Heeeeeere's Johnny! (1980) 144min. R. Rated
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