Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West, 718-855-7882, ext. 45, celebratebrooklyn.org
July 17 Creature From the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, 1954): This Jack Arnold horror flick is one of the few worthwhile relics of the early-’50s 3-D craze. Despite its tacky title, it has a poetic quality far closer to the Universal monster movies of the 1930s than the alien-invasion flicks of the drive-in era—although the Jazz Passenger’s live accompaniment transforms the movie into some sort of visual bebop.
July 24 The Black Pirate (Albert Parker, 1926): Long before Jackie Chan, Douglas Fairbanks parlayed cheerful charm and acrobatic derring-do into silver-screen superstardom. This 1926 silent was originally shot in two-strip Technicolor and will be accompanied by the unparal-leled Alloy Orchestra.
August 1 Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958): (with live musical accompaniment by Ethel)
August 7 Guys and Dolls (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1955): One of the most perverse musicals of the 1950s consigned America’s greatest male singer, Frank Sinatra, to a supporting role and made tone-deaf Marlon Brando the star—his songs had to be constructed note by note in the dubbing studio. Who knows what the avant-jazz Howard Fishman Quartet will be adding to the mix.
‘CINE MOVIL 2003’
July 23-August 16: Cinema Tropical and Ocularis present their second annual outdoor traveling festival of Latin American cinema, with screenings on Wednesday and Sunday nights in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan.
‘HBO BRYANT PARK FILM FESTIVAL 2003’
Bryant Park, 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, 212-512-5700, digitalcity.com/newyork/hbobryantparkfilm
Mondays at sunset (rain dates on Tuesdays)
June 23 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969)
June 30 The Lady From Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1948): Orson Welles’s 1948 noir is a nifty series of shock cuts and set pieces—surprisingly fresh despite the negative chemistry exuded by the unlikely action hero (Welles) and his estranged wife, Rita Hayworth’s zombified femme fatale. The park should resound with cheers as the last reel segues brilliantly from a courtroom scene to a sequence constructed around a chunk of Chinese opera to the most sensational kiss-off in movies—a multiple-image-shattering shoot-out in a hall of mirrors.
July 7 Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968)
July 14 A Raisin in the Sun (Daniel Petrie, 1961)
July 21 Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)
July 28 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks, 1958)
August 4 Mutiny on the Bounty (Frank Lloyd, 1935): More cinematic salt spray: The original 1935 version of the ultimate sea-dog saga was itself the biggest MGM epic before Gone With the Wind. Clark Gable plays the heroic Mr. Christian with Charles Laughton as the dreadful Captain Bligh.
August 11 Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli, 1968)
August 18 Jailhouse Rock (Richard Thorpe, 1957)
August 25 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
‘MOVIES UNDER THE STARS’
Pier A Park, 1st Street and Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, New Jersey, 201-420-2207
Wednesdays at dusk
June 4: Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002): The great critical favorite of 2002 is perfect for sniffling under the stars: Todd Haynes revisits the high ’50s through the mirrored scenarios of Douglas Sirk to create a triangle of frustrated longing whose apex is suburban hausfrau Julianne Moore. Without resorting to camp or parody, Haynes transforms the rhetoric of Hollywood melodrama into something provocative, rich, and strange.
June 11 Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore, 2002)
June 18 The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)
June 25 Catch Me If You Can (Steven Spielberg, 2002)
July 9 Frida (Julie Taymor, 2002)
July 16 The Hours (Stephen Daldry, 2002)
July 23 Adaptation (Spike Jonze, 2002)
July 30 Chicago (Rob Marshall, 2002)
August 6 Big Night (Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci, 1996)
August 13 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson, 2002)
August 20 The Wild Thornberrys Movie (Cathy Malkasian & Jeff McGrath, 2002)
August 27 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Chris Columbus, 2002)
Pier 54, West 13th and West Side Highway; and Pier 25, North Moore Street and West Side Highway, 212-533-PARK, hudsonriverpark.org
July 9-August 29
July 9 Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
July 16 Mission Impossible (Brian De Palma, 1996)
July 23 Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1985)
July 30 Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000)
August 6 Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
August 13 8 Mile (Curtis Hanson, 2002)
August 20 Road to Perdition (Sam Mendes, 2002)
August 27 Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
July 11 Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
July 18 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Chris Columbus, 2001)
July 25 Legally Blonde (Robert Luketic, 2001)
August 1 Spaceballs (Mel Brooks, 1987)
August 8 Chicken Run (Peter Lord & Nick Park, 2000)
August 15 My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Joel Zwick, 2002)
August 22 The Ring (Gore Verbinski, 2002)
August 29 Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson, 1989)
‘SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK/MOVING IMAGE FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL’
Socrates Sculpture Park, Vernon Boulevard at Broadway, Queens, 718-956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org
Every Wednesday with a live musical act at 7 and film beginning at sunset. In case of rain, screenings begin at 8:30 at the American Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Avenue and 36th Street, Queens, 718-784-4520, movingimage.us.
July 9 Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948): Another weepie, as well as the most universally praised movie produced anywhere on planet earth during the first decade after World War II, Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 neorealist masterpiece is an allegory at once timeless and topical. The poignant story of a man’s search for his livelihood seems now less a slice of life than the transposition of a Kafka story to the labyrinth of post-war Rome.
July 16 Faat-Kine (Ousmane Sembene, 2000)
July 23 Two Summers (Jorge Furtado, 2002)
July 30 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000): Kid-friendly, albeit undubbed, Ang Lee’s critically acclaimed action comedy successfully homogenized the Hong Kong sword film. The period opulence and star chemistry (Chow Yung-fat and Michelle Yeoh) are second to acrobatic fights choreographed by the great Yuen Wo-ping.
August 6 Nine Queens (Fabien Bielinsky, 2000)
August 13 Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, 2001)
August 20 Black Cat, White Cat (Emir Kusturica, 1998)
August 27 Landscape in the Mist (Theo Angelopoulos, 1988)