Films for those who love racing, Saratoga
To be screened June 11
Skidmore College and the Saratoga Film Forum are proud to present three beloved equestrian films on June 11-13 as part of the Saratoga 150 celebration. All films will be shown in the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore.
Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.—Seabiscuit
This is true story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it, but the mood of the nation. Directed by Gary Ross, starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, and Elizabeth Banks, with book by Laura Hillenbrand and screenplay by Gary Ross. Seabiscuit was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.—Secretariat
Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Meadow Stables in Virginia, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery —with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin—manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Directed by Randall Wallace, starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich, and Margo Martindale. Based on the book by William Nack and screenplay by Mike Rich.
To be shown June 13
Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.—Saratoga
After winning a stud farm in lieu of gambling debts, bookie Duke Bradley (Clark Gable) trains his eye on the sassy daughter (Jean Harlow) of the deceased gambler and her millionaire fiancée (Walter Pidgeon). Directed by Jack Conway and written by Anita Loos and Robert E. Hopkins. Harlow died of kidney failure during the filming of Saratoga; it was her and co-star Clark Gable's sixth and final film collaboration.
After the June 13 screening, the Saratoga Film Forum local historians and history teachers, Dave Patterson and Charlie Kuenzel, will talk about the role of Saratoga and the track in classic American films.
Tickets: FREE for Saratoga 150 and Saratoga ARTSFEST pass holders, $5 general admission. Please click here for ticket information.