“National Velvet,” to show AT NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
The 1944 film National Velvet will be shown at the Newport Public Library on Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Based on the 1935 novel by Enid Bagnold, National Velvet tells the story of Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor), a 12-year-old girl living in a small town in Sussex, England. When she wins a spirited horse in a raffle, she decides to train him for the Grand National Steeplechase.
Mickey Rooney plays Mi, a former jockey who becomes a hired hand for Velvet’s father, and is drawn into helping Velvet train “The Pie,” short for “Pirate.”
National Velvet was nominated for five Academy Awards and won two, one for Best Supporting Actress (Anne Revere) and one for Best Film Editing (Robert J. Kern).
In 2003, National Velvet was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153 or go to its website, www.newportlibrary.org.