“Father Of The Bride” Opens Outdoor Film Series

Published 3:28 pm Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June. It's perhaps the most popular month to plan a wedding. And with the beginning of the fourteenth season of Stars Under The Stars, it is the perfect month to celebrate the career of Elizabeth Taylor with the showing of Father of the Bride.

Released in 1950, Father of the Bride (not rated) stars Taylor as the soon-to-be bride and Spencer Tracy as her father who must deal with the mixed emotions of watching his little girl prepare for marriage. He also has to deal with the all the associated mayhem that ensues while planning a wedding, including spiraling costs, tough questions about guest lists, last-minute arguments, and so on. It's interesting to see that although over 60 years have passed since Father of the Bride was released, families and couples today face many of the same wedding-related pressures!

Father of the Bride is a charming romantic comedy that features a stunning Taylor, but it is Tracy who carries the show in a lighthearted role that had been rare up until portraying the character of Stanley Banks. The movie was nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Tracy. If you've seen the 1991 remake with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, this is the perfect opportunity to revisit the original, and by many accounts, definitive version.

Bring your blankets or bag chairs and join friends and neighbors under the stars Friday, June 10 for Father of the Bride, the first film of the fourteenth season of the Stars Under The Stars series. The presentation will begin at dusk at the Downtown Crute Stage located on the corner of Main and Fourth Streets in Farmville. Come early for a spectacular “Parade of Gowns” sponsored by Caryn's Bridals, Formals & Tuxedos of downtown Farmville, and check out Crystal Image Photography's award winning photography display. In the event of rain, the film will be shown the following evening at dusk.

Parking is available on Main Street and in the municipal parking lot behind the court house. Admission is free, and popcorn, candy, and drinks will be available for purchase. Please note, for the comfort and safety of all, there is a “No Pets” policy. For more information on the series, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/starsunderthestars

This year's film series sponsors are Central Virginia Regional Library, Putney Mechanical, Caryn's Bridals, Formals & Tuxedos and Crystal Image Photography. Donations were provided by Lib's Place and Pepsi. Special thanks to the Town of Farmville and The Farmville Herald.