Cinema Alfresco

August 29, This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)

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July 13, Little Shop of Horrors (Roger Corman, 1960)

Brazilian nuts: Sanity gets a face-lift.
photo: Universal City Studios
Brazilian nuts: Sanity gets a face-lift.

July 20, The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1967) Brooks's first feature is in some ways his strongest—the outrageous central image of a Broadway musical in celebration of Nazi Germany is a gag he must have nurtured for years, and when it finally erupts on the screen it has the force of comic Krakatoa. (Hoberman)

July 27, Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1972): Lost in the shuffle when first released, this often moving oddball black comedy about the relationship between a depressed young dude and an elderly swinger lady has since become a cult favorite. (Stein)

August 3, Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964)

August 10, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Philip Kaufman, 1978)

August 17, What's Up, Tiger Lily? (Woody Allen, 1966): Probably the funniest movie Allen ever made, except he didn't make it—he simply redubbed a cheap Japanese spy saga (Toho programmer Kagi no Kagi) into a borschty, yeasty hoot about the search for a top-secret egg-salad recipe. Ultragroovy Lovin' Spoonful musical interludes notwithstanding, it's minute-for-minute the most accomplished laugh maker of the '60s. (Atkinson)

August 24, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971): The weird sets are a standout in this satiric fairy tale pastiche, made in Germany. Gene Wilder, giving a controlled perf for the first time in his life, is great fun as the eccentric factory owner. (Stein)

August 31, Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)

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