Sunday, June 16, 2024

Library Celebrates it’s 125th Anniversary with a Film Festival!


All films will be shown uncut and on widescreen.

Monday November 14th thru Friday November 18th
All films start a 12 noon daily in the Lovell Room.

The Stratford Library continues its 125th anniversary celebration with a special week of classic films set in or around the anniversary year 1896 with the “125th Anniversary Film Festival” set for November 14-18 at 12 noon daily.  The program, which is free and open to the public, will be presented in the Stratford Library Lovell Room.


Monday, November 14th, Noon: “Citizen Kane”  Orson Welles’s epic tale of a publishing tycoon’s rise and fall is entertaining, poignant, and inventive in its storytelling, earning its reputation as a landmark achievement in film. Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton star in this 1941 classic

Tuesday, November 15th: “Charley’s Aunt”  Victorian-era Oxford students Charley Wykeham (Richard Haydn) and Jack Chesney (James Ellison) recruit their wealthy playboy friend, Lord Fancourt Babberly (Jack Benny), to impersonate Charley’s Brazilian aunt, Donna Lucia, to chaperone a double date the pair have planned.  An uproarious farce from 1941 based on Brandon Thomas’ 1893 comedy of the same name.

Wednesday, November 16th: “Wilde” Oscar Wilde (Stephen Fry) is a married writer who has occasionally indulged his weakness for male suitors. After much toil, Wilde debuts a stage comedy in London, and a chat at the theater with Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas (Jude Law) leads to a full-on romance. Wilde ends up in a legal dispute with Lord Alfred’s father, the Marquess of Queensberry (Tom Wilkinson) and, given the anti-gay local laws, is sent to jail. Wilde’s vast intellect helps him survive until he regains his freedom.

Thursday, November 17th: “Hello, Dolly” In 1890s New York City, the bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) is a socialite-turned-matchmaker. Her latest clients seeking assistance are the cantankerous “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau) and a young artist named Ambrose (Tommy Tune), who is in love with Horace’s niece, Ermengarde (Joyce Ames).  This brash musical is based on one of the most popular Broadway hits of all time.  Score includes “Put on Your Sunday Clothes”, “Elegance” and the title tune.

November 18: “Ragtime” A kaleidoscope of tales from E.L. Doctorow’s novel evokes life in pre-World War I in New York City. A wealthy white family finds a black baby in their yard and takes on the mother as a maid. A black pianist, Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Howard E. Rollins Jr.), returns for his woman and child after finding success in a Harlem jazz band. Firefighters, dismayed to see a black man own a Model-T Ford, deface it, and Walker demands retribution.  Elizabeth McGovern and James Cagney star in this Oscar nominated 1981 film.

Movies in the “125th Anniversary Film Festival” are shown uncut on widescreen in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room.

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