This season’s Classic Movie Series, “New York Nostalgia,” will conclude with “My Favorite Year” set to show at 7 p.m., on Wed., Dec. 14.
Set in 1950’s New York during the age of live television, Benjy Stone is a young writer on a major comedy-variety show. He is assigned to chaperone that week’s guest, Alan Swann, an Errol Flynn type faded movie-star, renowned womanizer and drinker. Benjy’s job is to try and keep Swann sober and above all else, make sure he shows up for the live broadcast on Saturday evening.
Benjy and Swann have a number of adventures throughout the week, including dinner with Benjy’s somewhat eccentric family. In the end, both learn lessons in life from the other. Peter O’Toole, Mark-Linn Baker, Lainie Kazan, Joseph Bologna and Lou Jacobi head the cast.
The Monday at the Movies Foreign Film series will present “Where Do We Go Now?” set to show on Mon., Dec. 19. There will be an afternoon matinee at 1:30 p.m. and an evening showing at 7 p.m.
“Where Do We Go Now?” is set in an isolated Lebanese village, with the mosque and the church standing side by side. Christians and Muslims have lived peacefully together for years, but tension begins to build among the after a series of pranks leads to slights and misunderstandings.
The women of the village, both Christian and Muslim, concoct improbable schemes to defuse the tension, including hiring a troupe of Ukrainian belly dancers. The film veers back and forth between wrenching drama and cheerful comedy, but somehow maintains a balance, juggling the broad comedy of the mayor’s wife pretending to channel the Virgin Mary, and the grief of a mother losing her son to a random bullet. In a particularly poetic moment, the belly dancers take a tour around the town and discover that the cemetery is segregated into Christian and Muslim plots; even in death, the town is divided.
On Wed., Dec. 28, a special Family Movie is set to be shown during school break. “Home Alone” will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Young Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin McCallister, an 8-year old boy who is accidentally left home alone in Chicago when his family goes on vacation to France. During the time his family is away, Kevin realizes having a big house all to himself isn’t all fun and games. He overhears two crooks planning to rob his house because they think it’s empty. With Christmas right around the corner, Kevin starts to miss his family, but has to protect his home. He prepares a lot of surprises for the crooks. Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern and Catherine O’Hara also star in this delightful film for all ages.
Movie programs at Livingston Public Library are free and open to everyone.