Summer in the City is our Adult Summer Reading theme this year, so we're devoting our Wednesday Matinees in July to that splendid burg just south of here. During the month, every Wednesday at 2 p.m., we'll be hosting A New York State of Mind. We hope that you'll join us for these mid-year, mid-week, mid-day city "getaways." Each film is set in New York City, and each is keenly reflective of its time and place.
Wednesday, July 7 at 2 p.m. -- A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935) Starring The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, and Kitty Carlisle; B&W; Not rated; 93 minutes
The Marx Brothers considered this their best film and the "stateroom sequence" is possibly the funniest five minutes in screen history. The boys have a great time poking fun at grand opera and at wealthy dowager Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont) in particular.
Wednesday, July 14 at 2 p.m. -- YOU'VE GOT MAIL (1998) Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, and Greg Kinnear; Rated PG; 116 minutes
Inspired by the 1940 film THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, this romantic comedy features Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as rival Manhattan bookstore employees who fall in love via the Internet. Their romance blossoms through a series of e-mails, which they send anonymously to each other.
Wednesday, July 21 at 2 p.m. -- NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason; Not rated; 136 minutes
From Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) being chased by the crop dusting bi-plane, to the climax atop the faces of Mount Rushmore, this Hitchcock classic never lets up. Roger, an unsuspecting NYC adman is mistaken for a spy by a secret agent (James Mason). One of Hitchcock's personal favorites, the film combines a tense, harrowing pace with the fear of calamity lurking behind every door—truly the work of a master.
Wednesday, July 28 at 2 p.m. -- MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (1984) Starring Robin Williams, Maria Conchita Alonso, and Cleavant Derricks; Rated R; 155 minutes
This is considered one of the best performances of Robin Williams’ career. A gentle, glowing exuberant Russian defector tries to build a new life in New York City. His sensitive anguish and overwhelming enthusiasm make for a tale of rare, warm, wonderful magic. Energetic, touching parody on patriotism.
All films are open to the public.
Admission is free.