It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the unveiling of this year’s movies in the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival.
Drum roll please…
June 21 GOLDFINGER
The third James Bond movie has it all: Sean Connery, a catchy theme song, ingenious gadgets, scary villains, an iconic Bond girl, and a hair-raising climax inside Fort Knox. Honor Blackman achieves cinematic immortality as Pussy Galore. (1964)
June 28 CAROUSEL
Shiftless carnival barker Billy Bigelow (Gordon MacRae) returns from purgatory to right some wrongs in this musical of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway smash. Shirley Jones co-stars as the woman who makes Billy want to change his ways. (1956)
July 5 THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Gene Hackman won an Oscar for his portrayal of Popeye Doyle, a profane NYC narcotics cop obsessed with stopping an international drug ring. Much of the action was filmed in NYC, including the greatest car/subway chase of all time. (1971)
July 12 MY MAN GODFREY
Socialite Carole Lombard hires “tramp” William Powell as her wealthy family’s butler. Not quite what he seems to be, Powell ends up teaching her frenetic household valuable life lessons. A wonderful mix of crazy screwball comedy and trenchant Depression-era social commentary. (1936)
July 19 THE CHINA SYNDROME
Ambitious TV reporter (Jane Fonda) and her radical cameraman (Michael Douglas) work to expose the cover-up of an accident at a nuclear plant, aided by an earnest shift supervisor (Jack Lemmon). Prophetically released just two weeks before the real-life disaster at Three Mile Island. (1979)
July 26 MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL
A huge hit that introduced many throughout the world to the Python troupe’s insanely funny characters including King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the taunting Frenchmen, Knights who say “Ni!”, shrubbery, and one nasty rabbit. (1975)
August 2 ROSEMARY’S BABY
Roman Polanski’s satanic shocker still packs a punch. Winsome Mia Farrow is married to a selfish actor (John Cassavetes) who will do just about anything to land a role. Ruth Gordon and Ralph Bellamy lend creepy support, as does the Dakota apartment building. (1968)
August 9 THE GOODBYE GIRL
Struggling NYC actor Richard Dreyfuss unhappily shares an apartment with an unemployed dancer (Marsha Mason) and her precocious 10-year-old daughter. Neil Simon’s romantic comedy testament of just how the ones we grow to love drive us crazy. (1977)
August 16 12 ANGRY MEN
Henry Fonda is the lone holdout on a jury deliberating a murder trial on a hot summer day in NYC. A stellar cast of character actors lends superb support as jurors initially convinced that the accused is guilty. Can Fonda persuade them otherwise? Sidney Lumet’s first directorial masterpiece. (1957)
August 23 BONNIE AND CLYDE
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are the two most attractive bank robbers ever to rampage across the Midwest. The supporting cast includes Estelle Parsons (who won an Oscar), and Michael J. Pollard as the gang’s none-too-bright accomplice. One of the most influential movies of the 1960’s. (1967)
Film Festival Contest!
Now that you’ve checked out the line up, hop over to our Facebook page at facebook.com/bryantparknyc and enter to win reserved seating for two at one of this summer’s films in Bryant Park.
Just leave a comment on our Facebook wall mentioning which film you’re most excited to see at the park and you’ll be entered to win. The contest will close at noon on Monday, May 10, so make sure to enter this weekend.
See you at the movies!
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Mondays at Sunset
June 21 – August 23
Lawn opens at 5:00pm for blankets (no plastic tarps please) and picnicking