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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cunard Line and the Film Society of Lincoln Center bring the Golden Age of ocean travel to life


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 Cunard Sponsors “Cinematic Passages: Ocean Liners on Screen,” 26-30 August,
showcasing the glamour of ocean travel through films of the last 50 years

Tickets on sale Thursday, 9 August

4 August 2011 – Paying homage to the heyday of ocean liner travel and the films that celebrated those voyages across the seas, and utilizing that setting for high drama, smart comedy and some of the most famous Fred Astaire dance numbers, The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) provides New York audiences with a summertime treat by presenting the film series, Cinematic Passages: Ocean Liners on Screen

Sponsored by Cunard Line, the revered ocean liner company whose iconic voyage experience personifies the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, the series runs 26-30 August at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street).  Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, 9 August, both at the theatre box office and online at http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/cinematic-passages-ocean-liners-on-screen.

“Cunard voyages offer guests the ongoing fascination, glamour and sophistication of the Golden Age of Ocean Travel,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.  “As portrayed in the iconic films of Cinematic Passages, Cunard vividly brings to life this storied travel experience for today's ocean liner enthusiasts to discover and enjoy.”

Highlights of the series include the Marilyn Monroe/Jane Russell romp Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Preston Sturges’ classic screwball comedy The Lady Eve, the Fred Astaire musicals Shall We Dance and Royal Wedding, and a rare 70mm presentation of James Cameron’s box office record breaker Titanic.

Another highlight will be the presentation of Ocean Liners in Fact, Fiction and On Screen: An Illustrated Lecture by Bill Miller on Friday, 26 August at 7:00 p.m.  A frequent, immensely popular speaker in Cunard’s award-winning on board enrichment programme, Cunard Insights, and an international authority on the subject of the great "floating palaces" of the past and current generation of cruise ships, Miller is known as “Mr. Ocean Liner.”  He has written more than 75 books and 1,000 articles, lectured on more than 50 liners and sailed nearly 350 voyages to date.  His presentation will be complimentary with the purchase of a three-film pass to the film series.

Continuing FSLC’s effort to offer free-to-the-public programming, Robert Neal Marshall’s documentary on Bill Miller, Mr. Ocean Liner, as well as his documentary Three Queens-International Rendezvous (2008), about the final voyage of Cunard’s longest serving Cunarder, QE2, will be screened at the FSLC’s Film Center Amphitheater throughout the run of Cinematic Passages.  Mr. Ocean Liner makes its New York City debut as part of the presentation.

Guests sailing a luxury cruise vacation aboard Cunard delight in the experience of the voyage itself, not just the destination.  By day, guests enjoy voluminous libraries, world class spas, white-gloved afternoon tea service and engaging Insights programmes; and by night are entertained by black tie dinners, Royal Nights themed balls, West End-style productions and Veuve Clicquot champagne cocktails. 

For more information about Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, and to book a voyage, consult your Travel Agent, call toll-free 1-800-7-CUNARD (1-800-728-6273) or go to www.cunard.com.

Screening Schedule

Screening Venue:

The Film Society of Lincoln Center – Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65 Street, between Broadway & Amsterdam (upper level)

Friday, 26 August

1:00 p.m         The Princess Comes Across

2:40 p.m.        Shall We Dance

5:00 p.m.        A Night At The Opera

7:00 p.m.        Ocean Liners In Fact, Fiction And On Screen: An Illustrated Lecture by Bill Miller

9:00 p.m.        Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Saturday, 27 August

10:30 a.m.      A Night At The Opera

12:30 p.m.      Royal Wedding

2:30 p.m.        A Night To Remember

5:00 p.m.        The Lady Eve

8:00 p.m.        Titanic (70mm print)

Sunday, 28 August

12:30 p.m.      Love Affair

2:30 p.m.        The Princess Comes Across

4:15 p.m.        Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

9:00 p.m.        The Poseidon Adventure

Monday, 29 August

1:00p.m.         A Night To Remember

3:30p.m.         Royal Wedding

Tuesday, 30 August

1:30 p.m.        Titanic (70mm print)


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Film Society of Lincoln Center
Under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, and Richard Peña, Program Director, the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers the best in international, classic and cutting-edge independent cinema. The Film Society presents two film festivals that attract global attention: the New York Film Festival, currently planning its 49th edition, and New Directors/New Films which, since its founding in 1972, has been produced in collaboration with MoMA. The Film Society also publishes the award-winning Film Comment Magazine, and for over three decades has given an annual award – now named “The Chaplin Award” – to a major figure in world cinema. Past recipients of this award include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks. The Film Society presents a year-round calendar of programming, panels, lectures, educational programs and specialty film releases at its Walter Reade Theater and the new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from Royal Bank of Canada, 42BELOW, American Airlines, The New York Times, Stella Artois, the National Endowment for the Arts, WNET New York Public Media, the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.com.

About Cunard Line

Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who seek a civilised adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.

World’s Leading Cruise Lines

Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises and Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World’s Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.  Visit us at www.worldsleadingcruiselines.com.

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