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FARMVILLE – Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and spend an evening in Downtown Farmville under the stars! Downtown Film Series announces Shane, starring Alan Ladd and featuring Jack Palance. The 1953 western is the second film of the nineteenth season of Stars Under the Stars and will be shown on July 8th.
Alan Ladd stars as Shane, a mysterious gunslinger who rides into a Wyoming valley, home to pioneers in the years following the Civil War. He soon learns that a cruel cattle baron is trying to seize the land that the farmers and ranchers had claimed under the Homestead Act. Shane accepts a job from one of the homesteaders and befriends the family, including their son Joey. However, tensions reach the boiling point, and the cattle baron sends a lethal gunfighter of his own (Palance) to the valley to settle things once and for all. Only Shane stands between the baron and the families’ lands.
Shane was nominated for six Oscars and was a winner for Best Color Cinematography, and it’s easy to see why. It features the stunning Grand Teton National Park as the backdrop, and it was the first film to be projected in a widescreen panoramic format. At the time, this was designed to lure audiences back to the theater since the widescreen format was something with which television could not compete.
Join us Friday, July 8 for Shane! The presentation will begin at dusk at Crute Stage, located on the corner of Main and Fourth Streets in Downtown
Farmville. Come early for pre-show trivia and drawings. Parking is available on Main Street and in the municipal parking lot behind the courthouse. Admission is always free, and popcorn, candy, and drinks will be available for purchase. Please note there is a “No Pets” policy. In the event of rain, the film will be shown the following evening at dusk. The final presentation of our season will be The Karate Kid on August 12.
Thanks go out to the sponsors for this year’s film series: Central Virginia Regional Library, Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Kerby Moore, Real Living Cornerstone: Navona Hart, Putney Mechanical, Red Door 104, and Virginia Credit Union. Donations provided by Lib’s Place and Pepsi. Special thanks to the Farmville Herald and the Town of Farmville.
Downtown Film Series is committed to enhancing our home at the Crute Stage area and through the years has donated permanent outdoor speakers, audio/visual equipment, backstage storage areas, additional power and lights, and restroom facilities. For more information on the series, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/starsunderthestars