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West Orange Classic Film Festival Begins January 5

December 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Film Society has announced its lineup for the 2014 West Orange Classic Film Festival, and it has something for everyone this year. Popular dramas, mysteries, and comedies spanning the 1940s through the 1970s will be shown in addition to the anticipated Black Maria Festival, which features short works from up and coming filmmakers.

Organizer and West Orange resident Ken Mandel spent months putting together this year's program, in cooperation with the West Orange Film Society and West Orange Arts Council.  Each year the festival has grown in popularity and continues to provide classic film fans with a real theater experience to enjoy well-loved movies, followed by discussions with film critic notables like Stephen Whitty, Paul Castiglia, and Michael Goldberger.

Here's the lineup:

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January 5 - The Sting (1971) starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman; directed by George Roy Hill. Filmchat guest Stephen Whitty.

January 12 - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) starring Abbott and Costello, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney, Jr.; directed by Charles Barton. Filmchat Guest Paul Castiglia.

January 19 - Vertigo (1958) starring James Stewart and Kim Novak; directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Filmchat guest Steve Gorelick.

January 26 - Laura (1944) starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb; directed by Otto Preminger. Filmchat guest Stephen Whitty.

February 2 - The Last Picture Show (1971) starring Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges and Cybil Shepherd; directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

February 9 - Black Maria Festival 

February 16 - The Third Man (1949) starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, and Trevor Howard; directed by Carol Reed. FIlmchat guest Michael Goldberger.

February 23 - Pierrot  Le Fou (1965) starring Jean-Paul Belmondo; directed by Jean-Luc Goddard. Fimchat guest Stephen Whitty.

Films will be shown at the AMC-Essex Green Theaters, located at 495 Prospect Avenue, West Orange.  All screenings begin at 2:00 pm.  Tickets can be purchased now at

For more information, like the West Orange Classic Film Festival Facebook Page.

Visit the West Orange Arts Council web site at




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