The Big Screen Classics series kicks off on February 6 with Woody Allen’s “Manhattan”. Woody Allen directs and stars in this 1979 romantic comedy, which is in black-and-white and viewed by many as an homage to New York City. Allen is frustrated television writer Isaac Davis, a twice-divorced malcontent facing middle age alone after his wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), leaves him for a woman. Isaac is dating fresh-faced Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), a high school girl he knows is wrong for him, when he begins to wonder if he and brainy writer Mary (Diane Keaton)—the mistress of his best friend, Yale (Michael Murphy)—might make a better couple.
On February 13, Lensic Presents A Valentine’s Day Big Screen Classics Film “Dirty Dancing”. Released in 1987, Dirty Dancing would go on to become of one of the biggest box-office hits of the 1980s. This dance-musical-romance stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
Grey plays 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman, who is forced to spend the summer of 1963 at a Catskills resort with her parents and sister. From a well-to-do family, Baby plans to head off to college after what she thinks will be another ordinary summer. Baby’s days at the resort take a different turn when she meets and falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle (Swayze). Johnny is the leader of the resort’s working-class entertainment staff and from a vastly different background than Baby.
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