This film screening event offers fascinating, unique glimpses into the world of motion pictures.
Since January 2011, over 45 films have been shown!
The Free Film Series is FREE to the public — 18 and older.
Films are an eclectic mix of independent, documentary, non-mainstream, international films, and buried treasures of cinema.
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Directed by Alan Parker.
Bugsy Malone is a 1976 British musical gangster film, directed by Alan Parker. Set in 1929 New York City, the film is very loosely based on events in New York City from the early 1920s to 1931 in the Prohibition era, specifically the exploits of gangsters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran, as dramatized in cinema. Featuring only child actors (with singing voices provided by adults), Parker lightened the subject matter considerably for the children’s market. The film received a G rating.
The film introduced actor Scott Baio, and featured (at age 13) Jodie Foster.
Bugsy Malone was Alan Parker‘s first feature film. Parker was trying to find a film that his children would enjoy, and his eldest son suggested one featuring a cast of only children.
The director chose to cast several unknown actors in the film. To find his Fat Sam, Parker visited a Brooklyn classroom, asking for “the naughtiest boy in class”. They were unanimous in selecting John Cassisi, and Parker gave him the role. At the time they filmed, all of the cast were under 17 years old.
Parker chose Paul Williams to score the film in order to get a more “palatable” modern sound, and simply because he liked him. Williams had scored Brian De Palma‘s commercial failure Phantom of the Paradise, but had also written huge pop-radio hits (such as We’ve Only Just Begun (lyrics), and (Just An) Old Fashioned Love Song).
The film garnered 15 award nominations, including “Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy)”, “Best Original Score” and “Best Original Song” (for the title track) from the Golden Globes, an Oscar for “Best Original Song Score” (Paul Williams), and the prestigious Golden Palm at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.
* All films are FREE to the public — 18 and older (members and non-members of the library). No registration is required.
* Patti Duskee will introduce, moderate, and lead post-discussions for each film.
*Jeff M. Giordano selects all films and includes his notes for every screening.
* FREE light refreshments.
* All films are digitally projected from DVD.