Monday, May 11, 2009

Film Festival Line-up Revealed!

Did you take any guesses at the movies in this year’s HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival based on the clues we posted on Twitter over the weekend?


See how you did below, with the clues matched up to the film fest schedule (clues in italics).


HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Chicago CONfidence men
June 15: THE STING
Robert Redford, Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill generate high-voltage chemistry in this light-hearted yet complex, overtly nostalgic look at 1930’s Chicago con men. Winner of seven Oscars and featuring the famous Scott Joplin piano rags. (1973)


Bicycle races truck in one scene written from director’s first hand experience
June 22: BREAKING AWAY
A teenage cyclist, Dennis Christopher, is besotted with all things Italian in a small Indiana college town. Things seem to be going nowhere for him and his townie buddies (Dennis Quaid, Jackie Earle Haley, and Daniel Stern), and he convinces them to take on the students at the Little 500 bicycle race. Flawlessly written by Steve Tesich and directed by Peter Yates. (1979)


Great Busby Berkeley musical from the same year as FDR’s New Deal
June 29: GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933
Nobody created pure Hollywood escapism productions better than Busby Berkeley, and this musical set the standard. Designed to transport Depression-enduring audiences, the plot involves attempts to put on a show, featuring Ginger Rogers, Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell as the indefatigable Broadway show girls, and Dick Powell crooning the tunes. (1933)


Hottest day of the year
July 6: DOG DAY AFTERNOON
Al Pacino plays Sonny who needs money to pay for his boyfriend’s sex-change operation and decides to rob a bank to get it. Things go wrong and he’s soon bogged down in a long, drawn-out hostage situation. Sidney Lumet directed this gritty, darkly humorous drama set in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year. (1975)


One film beat out the ‘best movie ever made’ in a tight Oscar race
July 13: HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
Winner of the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars (over “Citizen Kane”), this beautiful film is about a close-knit family in a Welsh mining village. John Ford directed the story, told through the eyes of a young Roddy McDowell, striking an incredible balance between moral seriousness and elegy. (1941)


Hearse chasing May-December romance
July 20: HAROLD AND MAUDE
Teenager Bud Cort and sexagenarian Ruth Gordon both like to go to funerals of people they don’t know, and meet to embark on one of cinema’s great relationships. Audacious and heartbreaking, Hal Ashby’s superb black comedy also features a perfect soundtrack by Cat Stevens. (1971)


They couldn’t like each other less. They couldn’t need each other more. Starring TC & SP
July 27: THE DEFIANT ONES
Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis are opposites unhappily shackled together after escaping from a chain-gang in the South. As they flee from the police, director Stanley Kramer showcases the humorous and moving situations featuring memorable characters the fugitives come across as they fight for their lives. (1958)


2nd youngest Oscar nominee stars in this drama
August 3: KRAMER VS. KRAMER
Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for his role as a father who will go to any length (even making French toast) to keep custody of his son. Meryl Streep is unmatched as his icy wife who walks out on him and returns to claim the boy, who is played by Oscar nominee Justin Henry. Robert Benton directs one of best acted films of the decade. (1979)


What would you do for a $20 double eagle? This one features more stars than any other picture in the line-up
August 10: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
One of the most beloved Westerns of all time with one of the greatest scores of all time (by Elmer Bernstein). Seven mercenaries, including Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, and Charles Bronson are hired to protect a Mexican village under siege by large group of bandits led by Eli Wallach. (1960)


I spent the night at Devil’s Tower
August 17: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
Steven Spielberg’s scifi blockbuster stars Richard Dreyfuss as a regular guy whose strange obsessions and journey turn fantastically clear at Devil’s Tower. Co-stars Teri Garr as his frustrated wife, and Francois Truffaut, the legendary French director, as a scientist seeking communication with extraterrestrials. (1977)


Lawn opens at 5pm, films begin at sunset. Visit our calendar for more information.


See you at the movies!

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