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Lincoln Center Screens Films From The Glory Days Of Ocean Travel

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

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The golden age of trans-Atlantic crossings is on display in a new film festival at Lincoln Center. NY1′s Valarie D’Elia filed the following report.

Ordinary cruising these days has little resemblance to the heyday of ocean liner travel, but luckily those romantic and intriguing crossings have been preserved on the silver screen, where the ship and the actors get equal billing.

At the end of August, Cunard Line is sponsoring a film festival at Lincoln Center that pays homage to the golden age of trans-Atlantic travel with a series called “Cinematic Passages: Ocean Liners On Screen.”

The documentary “Mr. Ocean Liner” will be making its New York city debut in the festival.

“Nostalgia is something that touches all of us. We all want something simpler, more elegant, fun, if you will. I think the movies did that,” says Robert Marshall, the producer-director of “Mr. Ocean Liner.” “Movies were escapism for people, as ocean liner voyages are today.”

“Mr. Ocean Liner” features Bill Miller, an entertaining authority on the great “floating palaces,” who will speak at the screening.

Other screenings include such iconic films as “Shall We Dance,” “A Night At The Opera,” “Royal Wedding” and a rare 70 mm presentation of James Cameron’s “Titanic.”

“Cinematic Passages” runs from August 26-30 at the Walter Reade Theater. A three-film pass includes complimentary admission to Bill Miller’s talk. Tickets are $30 for the general public, $24 for students and seniors and $21 for members.

For more information, visit www.filmlinc.com.

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