100 YEARS OF WARNER BROS.
Sag Harbor Cinema celebrates the centennial of the film studio
with classics screenings
Starts July 3rd
Sag Harbor, NY – Leading up to the third edition of the Sag Harbor Cinema Festival of Preservation (November 17th-20th; save the date!), SHC is paying tribute to Warner Brothers one hundredth anniversary with a four-month-long series spanning from cartoon classics, to noir, comedy, westerns, prestigious literary adaptations, boxing, and kung fu.
In the Hollywood of the studio system, MGM was known for star glamor and its lavish musicals; Columbia for sharp screwballs and its association with Frank Capra; Paramount for sophisticated comedies; Fox for rural dramas and Universal for noirs and monsters. WB was long considered the “working-class” studio, as it became the home of the gangster films born out of the Great Depression. WB stars – among whom were Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, James Cagney, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman– had an edge that was missing the glossy polish of MGM’s. Their edge could also be seen in the Looney Tunes, a hyper-cinetic and more irreverent response to Disney’s cartoons.
“Warner Bros, has always been one of my favorite studios. It has a rich, fascinating history; has been the home of filmmakers I love – from Michael Curtiz, to Chuck Jones, to Kubrick and Eastwood. For me, it has always been the studio with grit; and the best lot of all,” says SHC’s Founding Artistic Director Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, “bringing a substantial component of repertory programs to the Cinema was part of the original design. Through our annual Festival of Preservation and the year round series that explores the history of film like this one, our audience has an opportunity to connect more intimately with the medium as the past illuminates the present –both on screen and in real life.”
Sag Harbor Cinema will launch the series on July 3rd with the 1983 film, Risky Business, newly restored. Tom Cruise fans will enjoy the opportunity to see Cruise’s breakout role only a few days before his latest film comes to SHC in the Mission: Impossible franchise’s 7th film, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.
The WB series will continue with the classic noir film, The Maltese Falcon; a nod to Sag Harbor literary icon John Steinbeck with East of Eden; and something for the Kids and Families Matinees series with The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie and George Miller’s trip to Antarctica Happy Feet. More titles will be announced in the next few weeks.
For more information about the upcoming films,
go to the Cinema’s website, sagharborcinema.org, and see below —
Dir. Paul Brickman
USA, 1983; 99 mins, in English
Joel’s (Tom Cruise) two preoccupations in life are: getting into college and having sex–which until now has been just a fantasy. But Joel’s parents are going on vacation and leaving him in charge of the house. Joel invites his best friend over and hires Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) for a night of delight. Stunned by the amount of Lana’s “bill” the next morning, Joel grows frantic after he crashes his father’s Porsche. In an effort to raise lots of money fast, a desperate Joel turns the house into a brothel.
THE MALTESE FALCON
Dir. John Huston
USA, 1941; 101 mins, in English
Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart stars in this classic film noir as tough San Francisco private detective Sam Spade in the classic, convoluted story of Spade’s involvement with a deadly band of international thieves who will lie, double cross and murder to obtain a small, jewel-encrusted statue known as The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade’s (Bogart) partner, Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan), accepts a job protecting a young woman (Mary Astor). Neither Spade nor Archer believe the woman or the story she tells them, but they do believe her money. Then, when Archer is murdered, Spade’s search for the killer drags him in the web of lies and death spun by the desperate people seeking The Maltese Falcon. New 4K restoration.
EAST OF EDEN
Dir. Elia Kazan
USA, 1955; 115 mins, in English
Hollywood legend James Dean stars in this adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic novel East of Eden. Teenager Cal Trask longs for the affection that his father reserves for his brother Aron, but his efforts meet only rejection. Jealous of his brother’s relationship with their father and his brother’s girlfriend, Cal becomes so frustrated in his search for love and acceptance that he reveals a long-held, damaging secret about their mother to Aron. New 4K Restoration
THE BUGS BUNNY/ROAD RUNNER MOVIE
Dir. Chuck Jones
USA, 1979; 92 mins, in English
Screening in 35mm
This feature-length cartoon feature was produced, directed and co-written (with Mike Maltese) by Chuck Jones and released in celebration of Bugs Bunny’s 40th anniversary. The movie consists of 20 minutes of new animation in which Bugs introduces five complete classic shorts as well as scenes from 24 other cartoons. The Road Runner section of the motion picture consists of 31 comedy-action routines culled from 16 vintage cartoons featuring the speedy desert bird.
The complete cartoons, all directed by Chuck Jones, are: HARE-WAY TO THE STARS (Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian), directed by Chuck Jones; DUCK AMUCK (Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny), directed by Chuck Jones; BULLY FOR BUGS (Bugs Bunny), directed by Chuck Jones; RABBIT FIRE (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd), directed by Chuck Jones; and WHAT’S OPERA, DOC? (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd).
Sag Harbor Cinema
As a not-for-profit 501(c)3, community-based organization, Sag Harbor Cinema is dedicated to presenting the past, present and future of the Movies and to preserving and educating about films, filmmaking, and the film-going experience in its three state-of-the-art theaters. The Cinema engages its audiences and the community year-round through dialogue, discovery, and appreciation of the moving image – from blockbusters to student shorts and everything in between. Revitalized and reimagined through unprecedented community efforts to rebuild the iconic Main Street structure after a fire nearly destroyed it in 2016, SHC continues a long historic tradition of entertainment in the heart of Sag Harbor Village. SHC Members enjoy discounts on tickets and merchandise and have access to our member-only rooftop lounge, The Green Room.