March’s Classic Movie Night will feature Cecil B. DeMille’s 1932 pre-code epic The Sign of the Cross. The screening is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th in the Henkelman Room, located on the second floor of Scranton Public Library. The film will screen at 6:30 PM to accommodate its 2-hour running time.
Admission is free with your library card.
In Cecil B. DeMille’s classic Pre-Code epic, a Roman soldier (Fredric March) becomes torn between his love for a Christian woman (Elissa Landi) and his loyalty to Emperor Nero (Charles Laughton)…as well as the infatuation of ruthless Princess Poppaea (Claudette Colbert).
Following the enforcement of the Production Code of 1934, the film was heavily censored upon its rerelease in 1944, removing all scenes of sex (including Colbert’s infamous nude bath in ass’ milk) and violence (Christians being devoured by lions). In 1994, the film was restored by EMKA Limited and American Movie Classics to its original pre-code version.
The library is proud to present the uncut, restored 123 minute version of the original film, complete with 3-minute intermission, just in time for Easter.
The film will screen at 6:30 PM, but early birds will be treated to the 1905 silent masterpiece The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ at 5:45 PM.
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, please call Bill at (570) 348-3000, extension 3016.