The Gilded Age ended in the early 1900s, but its descendants didn’t stop in their decadent ways. The Great Gatsby (shot at Rosecliff Mansion) is a direct continuation of the Gilded Age, with its rambling excesses. High society sought out jubilant socialites at the Newport Jazz Festival in the 1950s. “Reversal of Fate” shows the dark side of high society, while “Grey Gardens” chronicles the real life of a relative of Jackie Onassis, a social figure Newport knows very well.
The perfect movie to take you straight to high society on a summer afternoon. Prosecco will be sold, and free snacks will be provided at each screening. It probably won’t be at the Ritz, but it’s the best $12 ticket in town!
Fri Aug 5 4:30 Fate Reversal (1990)
As one of Newport’s most notorious true stories of a criminal conspiracy of the town’s upper classes, the reversal of fortune not only happens here, but it vividly entertains us. Jeremy Irons won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Klaus, who would kill his mother. When the movie was shot in Newport, you’ll recognize many of the town’s glorious locations. – Start your weekend with a mysterious atmosphere that is both luxurious and local!
Saturday 6 August 4:30 The Great Gatsby (1974)
revisit the great gatsby As we take you back to the twenties when romance seemed so divine. As part of JPT’s long tradition, this year we’ll be playing Gatsby as part of the Gilded Age series. Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of upstart landlord Jay Gatsby. He was drawn into Gatsby’s circles and became a witness to the obsession and eventual tragedy. The original 1974 film was shot at the Rosecliff Building in Newport, Rhode Island.
Friday 12 August 4:30 Grey Gardens (1975)
The film explores the daily lives of two elderly and eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother Edith are the only residents of the Long Island estate. Over the course of the documentary, they discussed their habits, aspirations and previous romances with filmmakers Albert and David Metzers. These women showed themselves to be out of place with oversized, glamorous personalities. Much of the conversation focuses on their past, as mother and daughter rarely leave home now.
Sat 13 Aug 4:30 High Society (1956)
Heiress Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly) is engaged to one man (John Lund), seduced by another (Frank Sinatra), and, perhaps, in this rousing musical retelling of Philip Barry’s play , she fell in love with her ex-husband again (Bing Crosby) The Philadelphia Story features a delightful Cole Porter score. Among the high points of high society: Sinatra and Celeste Holm ask who wants to be a millionaire? , Crosby and Kelly share true love, Der Bingle and Ol’ Blue Eyes swing-swing-swingle Well, Did You Evah? Crosby and Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong team up with Now You Has Jazz.
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