West Orange Classic Film Festival

West Orange Classic Film Festival

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 at 2:00pm

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The West Orange Film Society hosts the 15th annual West Orange Classic Film Festival.

Held over eight Sundays throughout January and February in the town where Thomas Edison invented movies, the West Orange Classic Film Festival returns for its fifteenth season, once again giving lovers of cinema a chance to experience their favorite films as they were meant to be seen-on the big screen. This year’s festival looks back at highlights of their first decade and a half, with each film followed by a discussion led by a local film scholar/critic. Three of the feature length films to be presented won the Academy Award for Best Picture for the year of their release, and were selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".

“Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), with EDGE Media Network film critic Frank J. Avella.

Based on the life of T. E. Lawrence, the film depicts Lawrence's experiences in the Ottoman Empire's provinces of Hejaz and Greater Syria during World War I. Its themes include Lawrence's emotional struggles with the personal violence inherent in war, his own identity, and his divided allegiance between his native Britain and its army and his new-found comrades within the Arabian desert tribes. The film stars Peter O’Toole in the title role, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, and Arthur Kennedy.

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