2014 Ballston Spa Film Festival
August 1st & 2nd

Monthly Classic Film Series


JANUARY 19th, 6:15 pm - LAWRENCE OF ARABIA - “A Mighty Motion Picture Of Action And Adventure!”
This 1962 epic stars Peter O’Toole in the title role and follows the life of T.E. Lawrence in Arabia during World War I and the Arab rebellion against the Turkish-German alliance.

Winner of 7 Academy Awards, 4 Golden Globes, a Grammy, and numerous international cinematic awards, this classic is considered one of the best films of all time! Come see it on the big screen and find out why.

FEBRUARY 23rd, 6:45 pm - THE HUSTLER - “They called him 'Fast Eddie'... He was a winner... He was a loser... He was a hustler.”
Paul Newman is "Fast Eddie" Felson, a young pool hustler, who builds himself up to take on the legendary "Minnesota Fats" (Jackie Gleason) in a marathon match that will determine if Eddie has what it takes to make it to the big leagues. This is a riveting tale of human struggle with winning and losing, and the character it takes to endure both.

This 1961 film won 2 Academy Awards and was nominated for 7 others. And In 1997, the Library of Congress selected this film for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

MARCH 8th, 6:45 pm (Friday) - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - "What a Glorious Feeling!"
Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor dance and sing (sometimes in the rain, and sometimes on the walls!) in this 1952 Academy Award-nominated film. It's a comedy, a musical and a romance all in one, set in 1927 as "silent movies" are making the change to "talking pictures".

Come see why the American Film Institute rated this film as the #1 greatest movie musical of all time and the #5 greatest movie of all time!

APRIL 20th, 2 pm & 6:45 pm -SOME LIKE IT HOT - "Marilyn Monroe and her bosom companions"... "The movie too HOT for words!"
You won't want to miss this 1959 screwball comedy classic. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon join Marilyn Monroe in an all-girl band after they are inadvertent witnesses to an infamous Chicago crime on February 14th, 1929. Now, how could any of that lead to trouble?
"Will you look at that! Look how she moves! It's like Jell-O on springs."
Winner of one Academy Award and nominated for five others, this film tops the AFI's list of the 100 funniest American movies of all time and claims #14 on their list of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.
MAY 11th, 2 pm & 6:45 pm - REAR WINDOW - "Through his rear window and the eye of his powerful camera he watched a great city tell on itself, expose its cheating ways...and Murder!"
Jimmy Stewart stars as action photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jefferies in this 1954 Hitchcock thriller set in a New York City apartment building. Confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, Jefferies passes the time observing his diverse neighbors across the courtyard through the rear window of his apartment. Believing there's a murderer among them, he engages his beautiful socialite girlfriend Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) to help solve the mystery.

This film received four Academy Award nominations and appears as #14 on the AFI'S list of the 100 most thrilling American films and #48 on their list of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.

In 1997, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
JUNE 14th, 6:45 pm (Friday) - AMERICAN GRAFFITI - "Where were you in '62?"
In a fitting film for graduation time, follow this entertaining coming of age story of four high school grads and their friends on their last night before leaving for college. Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfus, Harrison Ford, Mackenzie Phillips, Wolfman Jack and even Suzanne Somers (watch carefully) appear in this 1973 film that may have inspired the TV hit "Happy Days".
SEPTEMBER 28th, 6:45 pm - MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL - "And now for something completely different...!"
Follow the Monty Python troupe in this 1975 fan favorite as they join King Arthur to Camelot, then on a search for the Holy Grail. Along the way they encounter:
Witch trials
"If she weighed the same as a duck..."
The black plague
"Bring out your dead!"
Knights who say...
The Black Knight
"It's just a flesh wound."
Taunting Frenchmen
"Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries."
Written by and staring the Monty Python troupe of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones & Michael Palin.

OCTOBER 12th, 6:45 pm - THE ITALIAN JOB - "Introducing the plans for a new business venture"
Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill and a cast of mini Coopers are in Italy with a job to do in this original 1969 classic that is a fun fit for the "Way We Were" classic car show!
"You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

The mission is to steal $4M in gold and get our of town. What follows is one of the great car chase scenes through the streets (and sewers) of Turin. But will they get away with it??? Join us and find out!

"This is the self preservation society."

NOVEMBER 9th, 6:45 pm - E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL - "He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home."
Henry Thomas as Elliot and Drew Barrymore as Gertie help a lost but loveable extra-terrestrial return home in this 1982 film directed by Steven Spielberg. Winner of 4 Academy Awards!
"... phone home"


DECEMBER 14th, 6:45 pm - CHRISTMAS VACATION - "There's no place like home for a holiday!"
Chevy Chase celebrates the holidays in Clark Griswald style in this 1989 Christmas installment of the vacation series of comedy mis-adventures. All he wants is the perfect Christmas for his family, but nothing is easy for Clark.

This PG-13 film is funny, funny, funny and is sure to help you prepare for your own holidays.

"I dedicate this house to the Griswold Family Christmas."

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