Directors of Warner Bros.' Film Classics to Introduce Their Films at Festival in Los Angeles

March 30, 1998

William Friedkin and Oliver Stone, the directors of "The Exorcist" and "JFK," respectively, will meet with audiences and introduce their movies from April 3 - 5 at the Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary Festival of Classics at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Additionally, Edward James Olmos, one of the stars of the seminal science-fiction epic "Blade Runner," will also be on hand to introduce Ridley Scott's motion picture. The announcement was made Monday by D. Barry Reardon, president of Warner Bros. domestic theatrical distribution.

"We are privileged to host these acclaimed filmmakers as they talk about the making of their movies," stated Reardon. "Each of these pictures made a tremendous impact on audiences when it was released and for years afterward; now, Festival guests will have a chance to enjoy brand-new, top-quality prints of each film, and will be able to meet the men who made these unforgettable classics.

"It's part of our way of commemorating 75 years of great moviemaking at Warner Bros."

Friedkin, who directed "The Exorcist," will introduce the ground- breaking thriller at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3. Olmos will introduce and discuss Scott's visually dazzling "Blade Runner" on Saturday, April 4 at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5 at 7 p.m., Stone will introduce the provocative drama "JFK."

The Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary Festival of Classics is a week- long celebration of movie magic featuring 33 of the studio's most admired and beloved films. Each day of the Festival represents a separate decade of Warner Bros.' history, from the 1930s to the present.

Tickets are available for single-feature admission, full-day admission and full-festival admission at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and at Mann's Village Theater and Mann's Plaza Theater in Westwood.

All films in the Los Angeles Festival will be screened at Mann's Chinese Theater; in the coming weeks the Festival will move through more than 30 cities around the country.

For more information about tickets and screening times, movie fans may call 213/777-FILM or 310/777-FILM.

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