The greatest outdoor movie series of them all returns on Monday, June 17th when the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, presented by Bank of America, makes its 2013 bow. Tootsie kicks-off the season with Dustin Hoffman starring as a struggling actor who lands a role as a female and becomes a soap opera sensation.
June 17: Tootsie
Dustin Hoffman shines as a “difficult” actor who, in desperation, auditions as a female, then lands the role and becomes a soap opera sensation. Jessica Lange earned an Oscar as the love interest, and Bill Murray plays the wise-cracking roomie. (1982) 116 Min. (Sony/Columbia)
June 24: Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Something odd is happening to citizens of a small California town, and an alarmed doctor wants to find out what. Don Siegel’s gritty sci-fi thriller is still the definitive version of this terrifying tale of extra-terrestrial possession. Beware the pods! (1956) 80 Min. (Paramount)
July 1: Frenzy
Alfred Hitchcock returned to England to direct this thriller in which an innocent man is accused of a series of necktie murders in Covent Garden. Several memorable scenes proved that the Master was still at the top of his game. (1972) 116 Min. (Universal)
July 8: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Five lucky children win the chance to tour a whimsical candy factory operated by the mysterious Wonka, indelibly portrayed by Gene Wilder. Valuable lessons are learned, and the music is as sweet as the candy. (1971) 98 Min. (Warner Bros.)
July 15: Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Charlotte, a spinster in a rotting plantation mansion, is being slowly and deliberately driven mad by her cousin, Miriam. Screen legends Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland pull out all the stops in this Southern Gothic directed by Robert Aldrich. (1964) 133 Min. (Fox)
July 22: The African Queen
Humphrey Bogart won an Oscar for his turn as a tough riverboat captain fleeing German East Africa alongside prim missionary Katherine Hepburn. The unlikely pair wards off many perils en route, including rapids, gunboats, and leeches. (1951) 105 Min. (Paramount)
July 29: A Foreign Affair
Uptight Congresswoman Jean Arthur tours bombed-out Berlin and finds love. But the rake she falls for is also involved with a cabaret singer portrayed by the one-and-only Marlene Dietrich! Romantic comedy, the Billy Wilder way. (1948) 116 Min. (Universal)
August 5: Norma Rae
Sally Field took home the Oscar for her portrayal of the title character, a minimum-wage textile worker who takes on her bosses at a North Carolina factory. Ron Leibman and Beau Bridges lend strong support. (1979) 113 Min. (Fox)
August 12: The Women
It’s the quintessential 1930’s ‘women’s picture’. Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, and Joan Crawford head a stellar, all-female cast in this witty adaptation of Clare Booth Luce’s play. Ms. Crawford’s parting shot is for the ages. (1939) 132 Min. (Warner Bros)
August 19: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
One of the all-time box-office champs, Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece tells the story of a gentle alien who is stranded on Earth and develops a special bond with lonely boy Elliot. Funny, warm, and unforgettable. Bring your hankie. (1982) 115 Min. (Universal)
The HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival is presented by Bank of America and with the Wall Street Journal and Magnum Ice Cream.
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