Friday, July 31, 2015

Behind The Scenes: Movies to Marathon Before Marathon Man

We're gearing up for this Monday's installment of the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presented by Bank of America, when we'll be screening Marathon Man. With temperatures in NYC hovering around 90 degrees, we're looking to spend as much of this weekend in air conditioning as possible. The conditions are perfect for a movie marathon, and we can't resist the play on words. Here are some recommended titles inspired by the upcoming film.

The Graduate (1967)
Before Dustin Hoffman was tracking down corrupt government officials and former Nazis, he was just a recent alum with a big crush on his girlfriend's mom. Mike Nicholas nabbed the Academy Award for Best Director, thanks to his witty camera angles and suffocating close-ups that illustrated a nervous young man on the verge of the unknown.
Via twm1340, Flickr Creative Commons

The Odessa File (1974)
Marathon Man follows the pursuit of Nazi war criminals living undercover in the United States. The Odessa File, based on the 1972 novel of the same name, stars John Voight as a German reporter investigating a former SS Officer. In the process, he uncovers many others running from the law under the cover of a powerful network called ODESSA.
Instagrammer @dennisteria would recommend popcorn as excellent movie marathon snacks.

Rebecca (1940)
Laurence Olivier is deliciously evil as a former Nazi in Marathon Man, but by 1976 he was already an older gentleman. To see a young Olivier as a leading man, cue up this Hitchcock classic that won two Academy Awards (Outstanding Production and Cinematography.) In the movie, a scheming housekeeper conspires against her boss's new wife. With Hitchcock at the helm, there is no shortage of suspense and intrigue to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in Rebecca, via Wikipedia

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Many runners, like Babe in Marathon Man, reach a meditative state through their sport. This British film follows Colin, a working class boy who tangles with law enforcement in his small town. Ultimately it is his success as a long distance runner that elevates him beyond the confines of his social class and family limitations.
BP FitClub participants know the power of a good run. Photo via Instagram @therisenyc
The Day of the Locust (1975)
In his precursor to Marathon Man, director John Schlesinger adapts the 1939 Nathanael West novel into what the New York Times grandly referred to as "a gargantuan panorama." The film takes a cynical look at the golden age of Hollywood, following an untalented actress and an out-of-work vaudevillian struggling to find work in the movie industry.
Could you fit this many people in your living room?  Photo via Instagram @susankarla
Altogether, that's 10 or so hours of movies to keep you preoccupied until Monday, when you can emerge to join us for the Film Fest. We'll see you at the pictures.

Dustin Hoffman stars in this harrowing thriller, directed by John Schlesinger, as a Columbia grad student and runner who gets mixed up with international intrigue, stolen diamonds, a government agent (Roy Scheider) who is his brother, and a Nazi war criminal (Laurence Olivier) with a penchant for oral surgery. (1976) 125 min. (R) Paramount

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