Award-winning actor Tony Lo Bianco appears for discussion and reception at Cinema Art Centre’s 40th Anniversary screening of ‘The French Connection’ on Nov. 2 at 7:30 pm.
Cinema Arts Centre is presenting a new 35mm print of ‘The French Connection’, which was released in 1971 and starred Gene Hackman and Roy Schieder. ‘French Connection’ went on to win five Academy Awards®: Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Actor (Hackman), Best Screenplay and Best Editing. ‘The French Connection’ is listed by the Film Institute as one of the ten greatest thrillers ever made, and is widely regarded as one of the best American crime films in history.
View a slideshow of publicity stills from ‘The French Connection’.
‘The French Connection’ focuses on the biggest heroin drug bust in NYC history with Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle, a perfectly flawed character in every way – a racist, raging cop who plays dirty and is obsessed with the case. Tony Lo Bianco, appearing at Cinema Arts Centre for this anniversary screening, plays Sal Boca, a modest luncheonette owner somehow able to afford endless nightclub hopping and a string of fancy cars. Fast paced and heavy on violence, the movie’s undeniable highlight is its legendary car-versus-subway chase. USA, 1971, 104 min.
Tony Lo Bianco is an Obie and Outer Critics Circle award-winning, actor, director and playwright. Lo Bianco was nominated for a Tony for his role in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge’. Lo Bianco has been in numerous films and plays and seen in TV shows like Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Homicide, Police Story, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Murder, She Wrote.
For readers interested in Tony Lo Bianco’s connections to Long Island:
- Lo Bianco’s first starring role was in the 1969 film ‘The Honeymoon Killers–a cult classic based on the “Lonely Hearts” serial killers Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck. One of the duo’s murders allegedly took place in Fernandez’s Long Island apartment.
- Lo Bianco debuted Hizzoner!, his one man show about New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, at Hofstra University before taking it on the road.
Tickets to this unique anniversary celebration are $9 Members, $13 Public and includes reception and discussion. Tickets can be purchased online, at the box office during theatre hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets 800-838-3006)
Cinema Arts Centre’s mission is to bring the best in cinematic artistry to Long Island, and use the power of film to expand the awareness and consciousness of our community. CAC is located at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington. Visit their website for membership information and schedule of events.
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