Friday, August 27, 2010

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival - "Iconic New York" Theme

Opening scene of "Saturday Night Fever" starring John Travolta
John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever"
New York City's iconic skyline, bridges, buildings and neighborhoods are in the limelight at the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, which brings free movies to Central Park for five consecutive nights, Aug. 24-28. This year's theme is "Iconic New York." Movies for this year feature New York's most famous locations and sights — from the Empire State Building in "King Kong" to the City's subway in "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3." Last night's feature was "Saturday Night Fever" starring John Travolta. The festival takes place in the landscape north of Sheep Meadow, behind Mineral Springs located mid-park at 69th Street. Admission is free. Rain or shine. Gates open to the public at 6:30 pm. with films starting at 8 p.m.
The 2010 Central Park Film Festival schedule:

Aug. 24 - “Fame” (1980) This classic ’80s musical flick follows students through their audition, training and graduation at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. 134 min.

Aug. 25 - “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” (2009) A remake of the 1974 crime thriller, armed men hijack a New York City subway train and hold passengers hostage in return for a ransom. Dispatcher Walter Graber (Denzel Washington) is left to face off with the crime’s mastermind (John Travolta). 106 min. 

Aug. 26 - “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) This disco classic follows Tony Manero (John Travolta), a Brooklyn youth who feels his only chance to make it in life is as king of the dance floor. 118 min.

Aug. 27 - “King Kong” (1933) In this cult classic stop-animation film, a giant gorilla called Kong attempts to possess a beautiful blond actress. 100 min.

Aug. 28 - (Viewers’ Choice “Manhattan” (1979) or “Serendipity” (2001) Update: “Manhattan” won. A romantic comedy about a twice-divorced writer (Woody Allen) who is dating a high school girl, and eventually finds love with his best friend’s mistress. (Diane Keaton). 96 min.

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