“The Last Hurrah” Continues Free Film Series at Weiner Library
Big Book! Big Cast! Big Picture!
Teaneck, NJ (October 5, 2005) – “The Last Hurrah,” the second film of a four-part film series at Fairleigh Dickinson University, will be shown at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, 2005. The series is sponsored by the Weiner Library at FDU and the Fort Lee Film Commission and is free and open to the public.
“The Last Hurrah” is a sentimental adaptation of Edwin O’Connor’s novel about the final campaign of a big city politician. Produced and directed by John Ford, the film stars Spencer Tracy as Frank Skeffington, a grassroots mayor up for election in a time when television began to play an increasingly important role in politics. Pat O’Brien, John Caradine and Basil Rathbone join the cast, heralded at the time as the largest collection of scene-stealers ever assembled. Loosely based upon the life of Boston politician James Curley, the film is a whirlwind of humor, wit, and political scheming that examines the good and evil inherent in politics, a timely film choice during New Jersey’s current political campaign.
“The Last Hurrah” is recognized by the Hollywood Reporter as “one of the most memorable performances of Spencer’s career.” The film won awards from the National Board of Review in 1958 for Best Actor and Best Director, and was nominated for Best Picture. It was also nominated for Best Actor, Best Direction, and Best Film awards from the New York Film Critics Circle the same year.
Other films in this series will be “Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Film Fest” on November 27 and “The Fort Lee Silent Film Program on December 11. The series began with “Dr. Strangelove” on September 25.
The Fort Lee Film Commission is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 to raise funds to preserve films made in Fort Lee and to work with filmmakers who support promotion of Fort Lee’s role as the birthplace of the American film industry. Each year, the Commission presents two popular series to the general public: Cliffhanger Film Festival” series, held in spring and fall, and the “Movies and Music Under the Stars” series of outdoor concerts and film screenings that is held each summer in Fort Lee’s Constitution Park.
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Weiner Library Auditorium is located on River Road in Teaneck, NJ. For further information on this film series, call 201-692-2100.