Natalie Wood's portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee and Rosalind Russell (in Ethel Merman's original role) as an overbearing mother, in the big screen adaptation of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical Gypsy, lead the pack of movies in February on Reel 13.
The month concludes with Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role of Rocky Balboa, the small-time boxer who gets a rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, in the original Academy Award-winning film Rocky.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña. The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to Reel13.org who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.
"Gypsy" (1962) Dir: Mervyn LeRoy
The making of a striptease artist, with Natalie Wood as Gypsy Rose Lee and Rosalind Russell as notorious stage mother Mama Rose. Also with Karl Malden.
"Great World of Sound" (2007) Dir: Craig Zobel
A novice record producer finds himself disillusioned by the job. With Pat Healy, Kene Holliday and John Baker.
"Run Silent, Run Deep" (1958) Dir: Robert Wise
A U.S. sub commander (Clark Gable), obsessed with sinking a Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer (Burt Lancaster) and crew. With Jack Warden and Don Rickles.
"Yonkers Joe" (2008) Dir: Robert Celestino
Family life gets in the way of a con man's search for the perfect scam. With Chazz Palminteri, Michael Lerner and Nate Bynum.
"Kiss Me Deadly" (1955) Dir: Robert Aldrich
Private eye Mike Hammer is pulled by a doomed female hitchhiker into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue. With Ralph Meeker and Cloris Leachman.
"Broken English" (2007) Dir: Zoe R. Cassavetes
After a series of disastrous dates, a woman who is alone, with a dead-end job and an overbearing mother, meets a quirky Frenchman, who changes her outlook on life. With Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud, Gena Rowlands, Drea de Matteo and Justin Theroux.
"Rocky" (1976) Dir: John G. Avildsen
A small-time boxer faces impossible odds when he takes on the heavyweight champ. With Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire.
"Diggers" (2006) Dir: Katherine Dieckmann
The coming of age tale of friends growing up on Long Island as clam diggers. With Paul Rudd, Ken Marinom, Maura Tierney, Sarah Paulson and Lauren Ambrose.
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