Bristol Goes to the Movies!

In this 2-part program at the Bristol Historical Society, the 5 movies listed below were chosen to show how they affected the American audiences and America in general. The 2nd part of the program which will be held on July 16, 2015, at BHS as part of the Third Thursday Program, 7pm, relates the history of the local theatres that once existed in Bristol.

  1. Friday March 13, 7pm, The Crowd (1928-Silent), directed by King Vidor. This movie was produced at the end of the Silent Era and shows a slice-of-life story of a working-class family during the Jazz Age. If you have never seen a silent movie here is your chance to see one of the very best. Cast: James Murray and Eleanor Boardman.
  2. Friday April 24, 7pm, Bringing Up Baby (1938), directed by Howard Hawks. It was screwball comedies that saved Hollywood and the local theatres from the economic turmoil of the Great Depression. This movie is probably the screwiest! Cast: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Baby-is a leopard.
  3. Friday May 15, 7pm, The Naked City (1948), directed by Jules Dassin. Film Noir played a big part in the Hollywood genre of the 1940s and 1950s and this film, also part documentary with a touch of realism, shows New York City as it was at that time. Cast: Barry Fitzgerald, Howard Duff and Don Taylor.
  4. Saturday June 13, 2 pm, Shane (1953), directed by George Stevens. This big splashy colorful western is seen through the eyes of 10 year old Joey (Brandon DeWilde) who idolizes Shane (Alan Ladd) and will be shown along with cartoons, and a short. This movie brings back the thrill of yesterday when Saturday matinees were popular in the area. Bring the children and the grandchildren. Cast also includes: Jean Arthur, Van Heflin and Jack Palance.
  5. Friday July 10, 7pm, The Graduate (1967), directed by Mike Nichols. This sophisticated sex comedy was produced one year before the current rating system that we know today. This movie flew into the face of the old Hollywood Production Code (1934). Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross.

So come and enjoy these films and learn something about how film influenced generations of movie goers. Pop corn and soft drinks will be available at all showings and a $3 donation is asked to defray costs. All films are shown at the Bristol Historical Society (movie times indicated above) 98 Summer Street, Bristol. Please visit our website Bristol Historical Society.org or call 860-583-6309.