The Central Park Film Festival Presented by Bloomberg

Coming Up! Tuesday August 19th through Saturday August 23, 2008
July 30, 2008 6:50:54 AM PDT
It's been exactly 100 years since Central Park made its first appearance on the Big Screen, featured in the silent-movie version of "Romeo and Juliet." In those 100 years, more than 250 other films have made it a star over and over again.Now, to celebrate this century of cinema, the Central Park Conservancy is hosting the 6th annual Central Park Film Festival, presented by Bloomberg L.P.

The festival gets underway on Tuesday, August 19th, and runs through Saturday, August 23rd. You'll find it at the Rumsey Playfield, at Fifth Avenue and 69th Street.

Gates open at 6:00 p.m., and the films begin at 8:00 p.m. rain or shine!

Here's a look at this year's featured films:

Tuesday, August 19: Working Girl (1988)
A witty, romantic look at life in the corporate jungle. Tess McGill is an ambitious secretary trying to climb the corporate ladder out of Staten Island and to the top of Wall Street. When her boss steals her winning idea, she cleverly battles back. 113 min.

Wednesday, August 20: The French Connection (1971)
In this gritty police drama, two tough cops put a Bronx candy store under surveillance. They discover that the proprietors are involved in one of the biggest narcotics smuggling rings on either side of the Atlantic. A showdown between police and mobsters entails. 104 min.

Thursday, August 21: Strangers on a Train (1951)
Alfred Hitchcock's favorite "doubles" theme is thoroughly explored in this story of two men who meet on a train and whose destinies become forever linked. Bruno and Guy both want someone dead. Bruno proposes that they exchange murders to eliminate motive and suspicion. The two become trapped in a web of guilty secrets that can only be escaped by death. 101 min.

Friday, August 22: Moonstruck (1987)
When the moon is full, anything can happen! And it does in this acclaimed romantic comedy about the lives and loves of an extended Italian-American family in Brooklyn. Cher won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her outstanding performance in this heartwarming celebration of life, love, and family ties. 102 min.

Saturday, August 23: August Rush (2007)
Two young musicians have a chance encounter but when they are torn apart they leave an infant in their wake. Young August Rush, orphaned by circumstance, uses his unique inherited musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. Music and Manhattan play starring roles in this modern tale. 100 min.

For more information, go to www.centralparknyc.org

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