To celebrate the centennial of the 1916 Alamo Theatre, Northeast Historic Film is proud to present a monthly series, "A Century of Movies at the Alamo." Throughout 2016, we are screening one film for each decade the Alamo has served as Bucksport’s community cinema. Screenings take place on the 3 Sunday of each month at 6pm. All films are free to Northeast Historic Film members and Century Donors and $5 for the general public ($7 for the Hitchcock double feature in July).
On Sunday, April 17, we will show “Wings”, a 1927 silent film set during World War I. “Wings” tells the story of two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman. They both become fighter pilots in the war. “Wings” recounts the youthful exuberance of the men and women who went to war and the ultimate cost of that war for the men and women that came home. The film will be accompanied by the Grammy-Award winning pianist, Paul Sullivan.
“Wings” has the distinction of the first film to win the Best Picture Award at the first annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award ceremony in 1929, the only fully silent film to do so. It features absolutely gorgeous cinematography under the direction of William A. Wellman. “Wings” stars Charles “Buddy” Rodgers, Richard Arlen, and Gary Cooper, a role which helped launch his career in Hollywood. It also stars Clara Bow, Hollywood’s first “it” girl. At the height of her stardom in 1929, she received more than 45,000 fan letters in a single month.
Acclaimed for its technical prowess and realism upon release, the film became the yardstick against which future aviation films were measured, mainly because of its realistic air-combat sequences. In 1997, “Wings” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Join us on April 17 at 6pm for this special, one-time event and help us celebrate 100 years of movie-going at the historic Alamo Theatre. The rest of the series includes:
May 15: The Wizard of Oz (1939) June 19: Leave Her to Heaven (1945) July 17: Hitchcock Double Feature: Vertigo (1958) and Rear Window (1954) August 21: The Sound of Music (1965) September 18: Young Frankenstein (1974) October 16: Big (1988) November 20: Fargo (1996)
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