Saturday, January 15, 2022

West Orange Classic Film Festival Announces 2022 Schedule: "Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight"

 West Orange Film Society presents

Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight

WHEN:  2 pm on six Sundays from January 30 through March 13 (no film Super Bowl weekend)
AMC Theatre in Essex Green Shopping Center, Prospect Ave., West Orange
$14.00 and must be purchased in advance on Eventbrite at
Tickets will not be available at the theatre box office or through Fandango

After pandemic-related events resulted in a hiatus for 2021, the West Orange Classic Film Festival returns in the town where Thomas Edison invented movies, once again giving lovers of cinema a chance to experience their favorite films as they were meant to be seen— on the big screen. Each film will be followed by a discussion led by a local film scholar/critic. Tickets are 

January 30
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
with screenwriter/playwright/stage director
Joe Gilford, son of Jack Gilford, one of the film’s stars. 

In ancient Rome, a slave named Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The film also stars Phil Silvers and Buster Keaton (in his last film role).

February 6
The 197-minute reconstructed version of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
with the Cinema Shorthand Society Facebook page curator John Chasse. 

An all-star cast made up of film, television, and the stage’s greatest comedians are on the hunt for $350,000 in stolen cash under the watchful eye of police captain Spencer Tracy.

February 20
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
with Edge Media Network film journalist and playwright/screenwriter Frank Avella

What many consider to be the definitive screwball comedy features Cary Grant as a paleontologist maneuvering through a number of predicaments involving a scatterbrained heiress (Katharine Hepburn) and a leopard named Baby.   

February 27
Young Frankenstein (1974) 
with an appearance by local film critic Stephen Whitty. 

Mel Brooks presents this parody of the classic horror film genre, with co-writer Gene Wilder as Frederick Frankenstein, Madeline Kahn as his fiancé, Teri Garr as his assistant, Marty Feldman as his servant, and Peter Boyle as his creation. 

March 6
Some Like It Hot (1959)
with Stephen Whitty returning. 

What better way to start a comedy film festival than with the movie judged by the American Film Institute in 2000 to be the funniest film ever made?  Two musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) disguise themselves by dressing as women in order to escape gangsters whom they witnessed committing a crime. The film also stars Marilyn Monroe.

March 13
Buck Privates (1941)
with comics writer/film historian Paul Castiglia, who has contributed commentary to the newly restored Season 1 of The Abbott and Costello Show DVD and Blu-Ray collections. 

Jersey boys Bud Abbott (Asbury Park) and Lou Costello (Paterson) were launched into the comedy stratosphere with their roles in their first service comedy based on the peacetime draft of 1940. The Andrews Sisters and Nat Pendelton co-star.  

The West Orange Classic Film Festival is presented by the West Orange Film Society, part of the West Orange Arts Council, and in 2022 is co-sponsored by the West Orange Recreation Department.  

For further information, contact, or join the Facebook page “West Orange Classic Film Festival."