AFI marks milestone with stars, films

Arclight to host high-wattage screening program

To celebrate its 40th anni, AFI has assembled a high-wattage program of pics and stars that will see 11 classic titles unspool in a single night at the ArcLight theater in Hollywood, with the star or director of each title offering introductions.

Event will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 on 10 screens at the ArcLight, plus the Cinerama Dome.

The 11 titles are “The Sound of Music,” whose star Julie Andrews will be on hand for the introduction; “Bonnie and Clyde” (Warren Beatty); “When Harry Met Sally” (Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner); “Spartacus” (Kirk Douglas); “Unforgiven” (Clint Eastwood); “The Shawshank Redemption” (Morgan Freeman); “The Birds” (Tippi Hedren); “Beauty and the Beast” (Angela Lansbury); “Star Wars” (George Lucas); “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (Jack Nicholson); and “Rocky” (Sylvester Stallone).

“What better way to celebrate 40 years of AFI than to bring together movie artists and moviegoers in the flickering light of these classic American films,” said Jean Picker Firstenberg, AFI’s outgoing president and CEO. Bob Gazzale takes the reins on Nov. 1.

Tickets for the event, sponsored by Target, are $25 and can be purchased at the ArcLight box office or on AFI.com beginning Wednesday.

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