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Winter Waterfowl Walk
Liberty State Park is a key destination for migrating winter waterfowl. Join us for a guided walk along the river to learn about some of these winter visitors. The walk will begin at the Park Office located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive. Please dress to be outside and bring binoculars if you have them. Binoculars will be available to borrow. For more information or to register, please call 201-915-3400 x202 or email
 AM 10:00--PM 3:00
Blue Comet Day at Liberty State Park
In celebration of the 89th anniversary of the inaugural run of the Blue Comet train, join us at the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal for Blue Comet Day! Journey back in time to learn about the trail of the famous Blue Comet train all the way to its final destination of Atlantic City.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM All Aboard! - A children’s program, which will include a talk about trains and a take home craft. This program is appropriate for ages 5 to 10 years old. Pre-registration is required, and all children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Anthony Puzzilla, author of New Jersey Central's Blue Comet, will speak about the Blue Comet and his inspiration to write about the famed train. Mr.Puzilla will then be available for a Q&A session, along with copies of his book available for purchase.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Trail of the Blue Comet - This program will include a discussion about the lasting impact of the Blue Comet, artifacts from the train, and a clip from the documentary, “Deluxe: The Tale of the Blue Comet.” No pre-registration is required.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM “Deluxe: The Tale of the Blue Comet.” - A showing of Robert A. Emmons Jr.’s 90-minute documentary in the Blue Comet Auditorium. No pre-registration is required.

For more information about Blue Comet Day or to register for the All Aboard! program, please contact the Nature Interpretive Center at 201-915-3400 x202 or email

 PM 6:00--PM 7:40
"Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" 1931 - part of Oscar's Horrors Wknd
Starring Frederic March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. 1931 mins, 96mins, B&W. Screened in 35mm.

$8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Kids; Combo pricing for seeing more than one film in a series.

It’s probably fair to say that “Frankenstein” and Boris Karloff are what first come to mind on the subject of 1930s movie horror. But 1931’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” starring the extraordinarily versatile Frederic March deserves more than passing mention, because it is one of the most sophisticated and frightening films of the era – exploring lust, repression and human nature in ways that most movies of its time merely hinted at, or avoided all together.

In his professional life, Jekyll is a scientist who’s fascinated with the notion that within each man are impulses for both good and evil, and he is working to develop a drug that will separate the two natures. In his personal life, he is a man who is frustrated, in an overtly sexual way, over the extended term of his engagement to his fiancé. It’s while in this state that Jekyll decides to test his drug on himself – and unintentionally lets loose the beast within.

March deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Actor – the first time the award was given for the lead in a horror movie, something that would not happen again for 60 years, until Anthony Hopkins' win for “Silence of the Lambs”. His portrayal of “the good” Dr. Jekyll has surprising complexity. He and Director Rouben Mamoulian resist the temptation to portray Jekyll as a hedonistic libertine, instead giving us a decent man wanting to explore natural and healthy desires, but also with character flaws that mark him as typically human. So March’s Jekyll shows an undertow of humor, sexual desire, vanity and even selfishness along with the intelligence, seriousness, reason, and restraint that he presents to the world. This subtle characterization of Jekyll makes March’s full-bodied incarnation of the “evil” Hyde all the more effective.

March’s on-screen transformation from Jekyll into Hyde was a combination of cinematographer Karl Struss’ clever use of shadows and angles with Wally Westmore's superb make-up; as incredible as it may seem in our era of CGI, this special effect is still impressive almost nine decades later. Mamoulian’s direction is outstanding, particularly in his use of subjective camera work; using extended point-of-view shots, we are forced to experience the world through the eyes of Dr. Jekyll. Myriam Hopkins, one of the best and most alluring actresses of the late silent and early talkie era, gives a magnificent performance as the “loose” woman first befriended, then tormented by Hyde.

This version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous 1886 novella was made before the infamous Hollywood Production Code was being enforced, which explains why the film was able to so frankly include sexual desire and repression. But by 1938, when the film was re-released, the Code was very much in effect, and so several critical scenes were cut out. Then in 1941 MGM decided to make a new version of Jekyll and Hyde starring one of the studio’s biggest stars at the time, Spencer Tracy, and bought the rights along with all known prints of the earlier version. The MGM version was not well received by critics (so much so that March is said to have jokingly thanked Tracy - with whom he was good friends - for making him look so good in comparison); perhaps because of this reception, MGM kept the earlier version buried in its vault and out of circulation for decades.

Don’t miss this chance to see what is widely held as the definitive “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” on the Loew’s BIG Screen in 35mm!

Also being shown in this series: "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" Feb 23 at 8PM and "The Silence of the Lambs" Feb 24 at 8PM.

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"The Silence of the Lambs" - part of Oscar's Horrors Wknd
Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn. Directed by Jonathan Demme. 1991, 118mins, Color. Rated R. Screened digitally.

$8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Kids; Combo pricing for seeing more than one film is a series.

In "The Silence of the Lambs”, director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ted Tally, working from the Thomas Harris novel, peel into the layers of horror that underlie everyday adult life and even childhood with the skill of a vivisectionist – an uncomfortable analogy that is wholly appropriate for the film -- remorselessly turning once-repressed memories into terrors that begin to loom as large as the outlandish crimes perpetrated by the story’s man-eating villain. Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her a special assignment: interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. The FBI believes that Lecter may have insight into another serial killer and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out. But Lecter’s help comes with a price: in exchange for telling what he knows, he wants to be housed in a more comfortable facility. And more important, he wants to speak with Clarice about her past. He skillfully digs into her psyche, forcing her to reveal her innermost traumas, putting her in a position of vulnerability when she can least afford to be weak. The film mingles the horrors of criminal acts with the psychological horrors of Lecter's slow-motion interrogation of Clarice and her memories that emerge from it, and the result is one of the most affectively chilling movies of all time.

"The Silence of the Lambs" won all five major Academy Awards, one of only three films in history up to that time to do so -- the others were “It Happened One Night” (1934) and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” (1975) -- marking the first time since Frederic March in 1931’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” that the Best Actor Oscar had been given for the leading role in a horror film. Foster's tightly wound Clarice and Hopkins' macabrely fascinating, Chianti-and-fava-bean-loving Lecter have become legendary cinematic performances, and the film has taken its place as one of the most complicated and unnerving psychological horror movies of all time. Horror films fans will also want to keep an eye peeled for cameos by directors George A. Romero and Roger Corman.

Also being shown this series: "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" Feb 23 at 8PM; and "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" 1931 Feb 24 6PM


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