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Cultural Events

Newman & Redford's Classic Con Game Caper, Back On The Big Screen May 5



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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will offer screenings of The Sting (1973) on Thursday, May 5, at 1 and 7 pm, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street.Chicago, performed by Lathrop School of Dance's top group, the Stardusters.The Godfather."Ocean's Eleven, there was The Sting, the definitive con game caper. Director George Roy Hill reunited with Newman and Redford for this elaborate swindle set in 1936 Chicago.Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid four years earlier, and though these two films are the only ones in which the dreamy blue-eyed actors appear together, they are perpetually teamed up in the public mind, almost as solidly as Laurel and Hardy.The Sting "one of the most stylish movies of the year," and it's no wonder when you hear the snappy lines quipped by gangsters and con men alike, set in the sharp period detail of the sets and costumes, and seen through Hill's nostalgic lens.The Sting is a thoroughly entertaining film full of humor and suspense," says series coordinator Jen Rogers, "and that we can screen it in high definition more than 40 years later here in Newtown is just fantastic."The Sting has a running time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, and is rated PG.Grease on Sunday, May 22. Classic films will resume in the fall with The African Queen on Thursday, September 1; Rear Window on Thursday, September 29, to be followed by several others before the end of the year. newtownartscommission.org/sunday-cinema-series and facebook.com/sundaycinemaseries.

Tickets are $2, and can be purchased at the box office prior to the shows.

Moviegoers for the evening show will also be treated to a hot and sassy tap routine to "Me and My Baby" from the musical

Sunday Cinema Series supporters Jim and Jennifer Cebry are sponsoring the screenings.

"It's a classic movie with some all-time great actors - Paul Newman and Robert Redford," said Mr Cebry. "The plot is ingenious and it depicts big city life in the 1930s. It was one of my favorite movies as a teenager, and it was more crafty and fun-natured than the other big organized crime movie of the day -

Before Steven Soderbergh's

The three had previously collaborated on

This time, not only the stars aligned, but so did the screen writer (David S. Ward), costume designer (Edith Head), and several others to take home seven Academy Awards, including the coveted Best Picture Oscar.

"Just imagine," said Edith Head as she accepted her eighth and final Oscar, "dressing the two handsomest men in the world, and then getting this."

Roger Ebert called

"All in all,

The next film in the film series will be

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