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South Jersey native and filmmaker Jeff M. Giordano returns to South Jersey to host a special screening of the forgotten family classic MY BROTHER TALKS TO HORSES (1947) on Friday, Dec. 20 at 1pm. 

At Free Public Library of Monroe Township in Williamstown, New Jersey part of the Free Film Series at the Monroe Township Public Library!

Friday, Dec. 20 at 1pm.
Free screening.
92 minutes, followed by a discussion.

Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWMUIEUrMVk

Not on Netflix!

Synopsis:
Living with his family in Baltimore, 9-year-old Lewie Penrose (Jackie ‘Butch’ Jenkins) claims that he can converse with horses-and also pick the winners of upcoming races. When it appears as though Lewie is telling the truth, he attracts the interest of gambler Rich Roeder (Charles Ruggles), who needs a “sure thing” in the upcoming Preakness. Meanwhile, Lewie’s older brother John (Peter Lawford) carries on a romance with the lovely Martha (Beverly Tyler). By the director of HIGH NOON (1952), Fred Zinnemann.

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Williamstown, New Jersey 08094
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BUGSY MALONE : Monday, July 22 @ 6:30pm


Welcome!

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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1976.
93 minutes.
Fiction.
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.

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STRICTLY BALLROOM : June 17, 2013

1992. 94 minutes. Fiction. Directed by Baz Luhrmann. This wildly off-beat comedy is about a male dancer (Paul Mercurio) who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom dancing and creates his own style of choreography, which infuriates the ballroom dancing establishment. Before he’s scheduled to compete in the Pan-Pacific ballroom championships, he’s forced to […]

THE BLISS OF MRS. BLOSSOM : May 20, 2013

Welcome! This film screening event offers fascinating, unique glimpses into the world of motion pictures. Since January 2011, over 40 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. All text in orange are […]

A NEW LEAF : April 15, 2013

1971. 102 minutes. Fiction. Directed by Elaine May. Henry Graham (Walter Matthau) is a man with a problem: he has run through his entire inheritance and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. His childhood guardian, Uncle Harry (a deliciously mean-spirited James Coco), refuses to give him a dime, so Henry devises a plan with […]

MOONRISE KINGDOM : March 11, 2013

2012. 94 minutes. Fiction. Directed by Wes Anderson. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a […]

THEY LIVE : February 11, 2013

1988. 93 minutes. Fiction. Directed by John Carpenter. They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. Don’t miss this action-satire, cult classic! Horror master John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directs this heart-pounding thriller in which aliens are systematically gaining […]