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WW II at the Movies

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*All Titles Screened in 35mm on our BIG 50ft Wide Screen*




Friday, November 18 8PM

*"The Train" Starring Burt Lancaster & Paul Scofield. Directed by John Frankenheimer. *1964, 133mins, B&W.

Based on an actual WWII incident, the movie is a rare combination of exceptional action sequences with a dramatic and thought-provoking narrative. Shooting on location in deep focus black-and-white, using real trains, train yards and stations, and surrounding stars Burt Lancaster and Paul Scofield with a French supporting cast, director John Frankenheimer created a galvanizing realism that not only gives an extraordinary look to the film but also reinforces palpable tension while underlining the human cost of a mission that offers only symbolic rewards. The depth of characterization created by the screenwriters and actors renders the action – and its outcome – all the more potent. The extensive photography of real steam trains and train facilities, especially in action sequences, is a key ingredient in the movie’s thrilling realism, but is also, it must be said, a true treat for rail enthusiasts. And Lancaster famously did his own stunt work, adding an extra degree of realism to the action and intensity to his typically powerful performance. The influence of the intelligently and superbly composed thrills of “The Train” can be seen in Bullitt (1968), The French Connection (1971) and Speed (1994).



$7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Children (12 & younger).





Saturday, November 19 6PM (sharp)

*“Saboteur”* *Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. *Starring Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane, Norman Lloyd. !942, 115mins., B&W.

An American aircraft plant worker is accused of sabotaging his factory and causing the death of a co-worker just as the US is entering WWII. But in truth, the worker is a fall guy of a devious ring of Nazi spies headed up by a seemingly solid citizen. The wrongly accused man sets out on a desperate chase to find the genuine saboteur, all the while being pursued himself by the police. Along the way, he acquires a beautiful but reluctant “traveling” companion. Of course, there’s great tension, action and even a little bit of humor as the two make their way across the country. If these plot elements are not exactly unfamiliar to Hitchcock fans, here the “Master” is certainly in top form, blending them into one of his most suspenseful films. It’s worth noting that movies related to WWII that were made during the war were often intended not just to entertain, but to warn of the dangers of domestic espionage, inspire patriotism and reassure audiences that liberty would triumph in the end. “Saboteur” did all of these things, and ends with one of the most memorable and stirring scenes of any war related film.



$7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Children (12 & younger).






Saturday, November 19 8:20PM

*“Bridge on the River Kwai” Starring Alec Guinness, William Holden, Sessue Hayakawa. *Directed by David Lean. 1957, 161mins, Color.

“The Bridge on the River Kwai” ranks as one of the greatest films of all time, combining sweeping visuals with human scale, and is arguably director David Lean's best film. It is a riveting dramatization of the peculiar cruelty of the Pacific Theatre in WWII, and of the madness and bravery inherent in all war. The story is loosely based on the historical construction of the Burma Railway by the POWs and forced civilian conscripts who were used by the occupying Japanese as slave labor. Alec Guinness is British Col. Nicholson, commander of the POWs who are ordered by Japanese commandant Col. Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) to build a bridge over a nearby river. Though he refuses at first, the British officer ultimately agrees and, unexpectedly, becomes obsessed with building the bridge to the highest standards, losing sight of the fact that his obsession will benefit his enemy. William Holden is an escaped POW sent back with commandos to destroy the bridge. The film is famous in part for its depiction of the brutal conditions of Japanese POW camps – which, in real life, were even harsher than shown in the movie. The cinematography is also striking, with vivid location filming in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). But the heart of the film is Alec Guinness’ performance as the obsessively principled Col. Nicholson. In a lesser film and with a lesser actor, the character might have been simplified into a madman or martyr, but in “The Bridge on the River Kwai” no significant character is either purely a hero or purely a villain, and Guinness truly animates this ambiguity. The film's closing line is among the best-known and most enigmatic closings in screen history. The film received seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Guinness).



$7 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Children (12 & younger).



- - - Combo discounts available for multiple screenings in a weekend. - - -










**Film descriptions are compiled from various sources.+






*The Loew's Is Easy To Get To:* The Loew's Jersey Theatre, at 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ, is directly across JFK Boulevard from the JSQ PATH Center with trains to and from Lower and Midtown Manhattan and Newark's Penn Station, and is minutes from the NJ Turnpike, Rts 3 and 1&9 and the Holland & Lincoln Tunnels. We're easy to reach by car or mass transit from throughout the Metro Region.


*Discount off-street parking is available in Square Ramp Garage* adjoining the Loew's at the foot of Magnolia Avenue off of Tonnelle Avenue, behind the Loew's. Patrons must validate their parking ticket before leaving the Theatre.


*What’s Special About Seeing A Movie At The Loew’s?* The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre is one of America’s grandest surviving Movie Palaces. We show movies the way they were meant to be seen: in a grandly ornate setting – on our BIG 50 ft wide screen! The Loew’s runs reel-to-reel -- not platter -- projection, which often allows us to screen an archival or studio vault print that is the best available copy of a movie title.


*PLUS – Live organ entrance music* (from the Loew’s magnificently restored pipe organ) before most screenings.


The Loew’s Jersey is managed by Friends of the Loew’s, Inc. as a non-profit, multi-discipline performing arts enter.






Classic Film Weekends are presented by Friends of the Loew’s, Inc.


The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre receives support from the City of Jersey City, Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and the Municipal Council, and the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund, administered by the Hudson County Division of Planning, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.




WW II at the Movies


*In honor of the upcoming 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor*


*At The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre*

*54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306*

*Tel. (201) 798-6055 Fax: (201) 798-4020 W[|http://www.loewsjersey.org/]


*A Not-For-Profit Arts Center in a Landmark Movie Palace*

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