The First National Bank Classic Film is the final official event on the ten-day BIFF schedule and thanks to the sponsor, it is offered free. No wonder, it attracts one of the largest crowds of BIFF.
Following on a survey taken in the fall, the film the community would most like to see again on the big screen is the 1973 Oscar winner, The Sting. Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, it is the story of two grifters who team up to pull off the ultimate con. It won eight Academy Awards including Best Actor for Redford.
Set in the 1930s in Chicago, Redford and Newman devise a complicated scheme to rob a local mob boss, and amass a talented group of other con artists who want their share of the action. The stakes are high in this game, and to win, our heroes need all their skills and a fair amount of confidence.
The film also contributed to attracting a new audience for the classic ragtime music of Scott Joplin. His piece, The Entertainer, provided the film’s theme and the base for the Oscar-winning score.