First of Many Movie Titles Announced by Plaza Classic Film Festival
The 8th Annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will be showing two different classics from 1975, five-time Academy Award-winner One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the cult British comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, was the first movie since 1934’s It Happened One Night to win Academy Awards in the five major categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), and Best Actress (Louise Fletcher).
Monty Python and the Holy Grail made the British troupe a global sensation. It spawned the Tony Award-winning musical Spamalot and introduced memorable characters such as the not-so-brave Sir Robin, the Black Knight, the Knights Who Say Ni and the French Taunter.
Four other movies have also been scheduled for PCFF 2015, including:
The King and I (1956)
Starring Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, and Rita Moreno, this Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is about a stubborn king and the woman who tames his heart. It includes the standards Getting to Know You and I Whistle a Happy Tune.
Shall We Dance (1937)
Starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, this musical tells the story of a ballet star who falls for a tap dancer. It features the Gershwin brothers’ classic Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, which features an Astaire-Rogers routine on roller skates.
The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Vittorio de Sica’s poignant post-WWII story about a destitute father’s frantic search for his stolen bicycle is one of the most famous examples of neorealism in Italian cinema and is considered one of the greatest movies of all time.
Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones (1974)
This no-frills concert documentary captures the legendary band at their best during the Texas leg of their 1972 American tour supporting the classic Exile on Main St.
The Plaza Classic Film Festival will take place Aug. 6-16, 2015 in and around the historic Plaza Theatre.Tickets for the Plaza Classic Film Festival go on sale in early July. Festival passes are $200 and include admission to all ticketed events, an express lane and other perks. Plaza Classic Film Club passes, for teenagers 14 to 18, are $100. They are available at 915-533-4020 and plazaclassic.com.