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Classic Film Series

Rose Family Classic Film Series
New York City ... in Film
Explore the evolution of NYC's portrayal from silent film to the 21st Century with Professor Jason Lucero,
a writer and professor of filmmaking at New York University.

Dinner included every night!

(includes pre-film dinner, discussion, wine, and dessert)

Special thanks to Daniel Rose and Family for their generous ongoing support of the project.

with Harold Lloyd (1928) with live accompaniment by Ben Model on piano
Opening Night:  Saturday, January 22, 6:30 pm (dinner); 7:15 pm (film)
“Speedy” loses his job as a soda-jerk, spends the day with his girl at Coney Island, becomes a cab driver and delivers Babe Ruth to Yankee Stadium, where he stays to see the game. When the railroad tries to run the last horse-drawn trolley (operated by his girl’s grandfather) out of business, “Speedy” organizes the neighborhood oldtimers to thwart their scheme.   Starring Harold Lloyd.

This silent film will be accompanied by Ben Model, who for the past 25 years has served as resident silent film accompanist for The Museum of Modern Art. Ben composes and improvises all his own scores, and is also a silent film historian.

42nd Street (1933)
Wednesday, February 23, 6:30 pm (dinner); 7:15 pm (film)
A quintessential Busby Berkley extravaganza!  Julian Marsh, an sucessful Broadway director, produces a new show, inspite of his poor health. The money comes from a rich old man, who is in love with the star of the show, Dorothy Brock. But she doesn’t reply his love, because she is still in love with her old partner. At the night before the prmiere, Dorothy Brock breaks her ankle, and one of the chorus girls, Peggey Sawyer tries to take over her part.  89 minutes

On the Town (1949)
Saturday, February 12, 7:00 pm (dinner); 7:45 pm (film)
Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra star.  Three sailors - Gabey, Chip and Ozzie - let loose on a 24-hour pass in New York and the Big Apple will never be the same! Gabey falls head over heels for “Miss Turnstiles of the Month” (he thinks she’s a high society deb when she’s really a ‘cooch dancer at Coney Island); innocent Chip gets highjacked (literally) by a lady cab driver; and Ozzie becomes the object of interest of a gorgeous anthropologist who thinks he’s the perfect example of a “prehistoric man”. Wonderful music and terrific shots of New York at its best.  98 minutes

Sweet Smell of Success
(the precursor to Mad Men!) (1957)
Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 pm (dinner); 7:15 pm (film)
J.J. Hunsecker, the most powerful newspaper columnist in New York, is determined to prevent his sister from marrying Steve Dallas, a jazz musician. He therefore covertly employs Sidney Falco, a sleazy and unscrupulous press agent, to break up the affair by any means possible.  96 minutes

A Thousand Clowns (1965)
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 pm (dinner); 7:15 pm (film)
Twelve-year-old Nick lives in NYC with his Uncle Murray, a Mr.Micawber-like Dickensian character who keeps hoping something won’t turn up. What turns up is a social worker, who falls in love with Murray and a bit in love with Nick. As the child welfare people try to force Murray to become a conventional man (as the price they demand for allowing him to keep Nick), the nephew, who until now has gloried in his Uncle’s iconoclastic approach to life, tries to play mediator. But when he succeeds, he is alarmed by the uncle’s willingness to cave in to society in order to save the relationship.   118 minutes

The Out of Towners (1970)
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 pm (dinner); 7:15 pm (film)
George and Gwen Kellerman live in the small, quiet town of Twin Oaks, Ohio with their two young children and pet dog. George has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, especially as it applies to himself and Gwen, but he still looks to her for validation. Working for a plastics company, George believes he is a shoo-in for the company’s Vice-President of Sales, New York Division job, a position located in New York City. George is looking forward to their future life in NYC, with all the amenities and benefits living in the big city has to offer. For George’s 9 am interview, George and Gwen plan on taking a flight that lands in New York at 8 pm the evening before, which gives them time for dinner at New York’s finest restaurant, The Four Seasons, and a comfortable night’s stay at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel before the interview. But nothing on this trip goes according to plan.   98 minutes

Sex and the City (2008)
Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 pm (dinner); 7:15 pm (film)
After moving in together in an impossibly beautiful New York apartment, Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big make a rather arbitrary decision to get married. The wedding itself proves to be anything but a hasty affair—the guest list quickly blooms from 75 to 200 guests, and Carrie’s simple, label-less wedding gown gives way to an enormous creation that makes her look like a gigantic cream puff. An upcoming photo spread in Vogue puts the event—which will take place at the New York Public Library—squarely in the public eye.  145 minutes. 
NOTE:  this film is rated “R” and is not suitable for children.



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