Classic movie Night & Foreign Film Series

Classic movie Night & Foreign Film Series

This week’s Classic Movie Night on Friday, July 7, at the historic Jefferson Theatre will be Top Gun, and the 1997 Italian drama Life Is Beautiful will be the next installment of the Foreign Film Series, also at the Jefferson, on Wednesday, July 12.

Despite getting mixed reviews in 1996, Top Gun went on to earn $356 million at the box office despite only having a $15 million budget. It also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Take My Breath Away” by the group Berlin. The romantic action film stars Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young Naval aviator who is sent to train at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School in San Diego, where he meets and falls in love with Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). The classic also stars Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan. Top Gun is 1 hour and 50 minutes and Rated PG.

Directed by Roberto Benigni, Life Is Beautiful tells the story of a gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice, who meets Dora, a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have a son, Giosue. Their happiness is abruptly halted, however, when Guido and Giosue are separated from Dora and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosue that their time in the camp is merely a game. The film, which is 1 hour and 56 minutes and Rated PG, won the Grand Prix at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

For more information, call (409) 838-3435. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movies begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Beer, wine and other concessions will be available.