From Bogart to Brando, Bigfork hosts retro film fest

BIGFORK -- At last year’s festival we showcased Classic Westerns, and although we didn’t fill the theater the people who attended were enthusiastic, had a good time, and vowed to come back again.

This year we’re presenting a broad range of Oscar-winning films that we hope will draw more people from around the area.

A survey we did told us that moviegoers wanted variety, so we selected movies that had wide appeal. Starting with AFI’s Top 100 list we asked some local film enthusiasts to pick their 20 favorites.

We then narrowed the selected films down to the final 13 we thought would be great movies to watch on the big screen. For the first time we’re doing a singalong in which the audience is encouraged to join in.

The theme this year is Oscar Favorites since we are showing films that have won Academy Awards. These films include The Godfather (1972), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Some Like it Hot (1959), Schindler’s List (1993), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), The Wizard of Oz (1939), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The African Queen (1951), Interrupted Melody (1955), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sound of Music Singalong (1965) and West Side Story (1961).

In addition to showing great movies we’ve arranged special guest speakers to introduce two of the films. Jerry Molen, the 1993 Academy Award-winning producer of Schindler’s List will talk about making the film with Steven Spielberg.

We also have the son and biographer Peter Ford to talk about his father, Glenn Ford’s, experiences making Interrupted Melody.

The Bigfork Retro Film Festival will show 13 Academy Award-winning films that feature stars such as Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Julie Andrews, Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Paul Newman, Glenn Ford, Katheryn Hepburn, Judy Garland, Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford and many more! Tickets are only $5 per showing, or $35 for an All Access Pass.

The festival starts Oct. 5 and runs through Oct. 8 at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Bigfork.

We kick things off Thursday evening with the classic crime drama The Godfather, released in 1972 and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

The doors open at 4:30 pm and tickets are available either at the venue or in advance at Movie snacks will be available for purchase at the venue. Note that some of films contain adult language and adult situations and may not suitable for children under the age of 13.

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