The folks from Comcast share the good news:
“Just in time to get summer planning started, today HBO and Comcast announced that DC’s favorite outdoor movie festival, “Screen on the Green,” will be back for another season. Last year when it looked like without co-sponsors the show might not go on, there was an outpouring of support for the event on Facebook and Twitter. Comcast was proud to help save “Screen on the Green” last year and to co-sponsor it again this year.
And what a way to open the festival on the National Mall with Sean Connery in Goldfinger on July 12th, one of my favorite Bond movies. Another iconic film, Bonnie and Clyde will be this year’s last movie on August 2nd.”
The other two movies will be Neil Simon’s “The Goodbye Girl” on July 19, and “12 Angry Men” on July 26.
More from a press release including description of movies after the jump.
HBO and Comcast are proud to announce the return of a favorite Washington summertime tradition, Screen on the Green. Marking its 11th year, the festival will kick-off July 12th with the 1964 classic “Goldfinger.” The free outdoor event will continue with screenings each Monday evening at sunset through August 2nd with movies shown on a giant 20’ by 40’ outdoor screen on The National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets. The screenings are free and open to the public.
July 12 GOLDFINGER (MGM) Sean Connery stars as 007 in #003 of the James Bond series. Considered one of the best of all Bonds, it was loosely adapted from Ian Fleming’s 1959 novel. The author visited the set, but unfortunately died before the film was released. The villains Goldfinger (Gert Frobe, a former Nazi Party member) and Oddjob (Harold Sakata, a 284 lb. Hawaiian and Olympic medalist) are two of our hero’s most enduring adversaries. As for the ladies, Shirley Eaton is the beauty gilded to death, Shirley Bassey belts the title song and Honor Blackman gains immortality as Pussy Galore. (1964) 111 Min.
July 19 THE GOODBYE GIRL (Warner Bros.) Richard Dreyfuss won an Oscar® for his endearing turn as Elliot, a struggling New York actor who finds himself saddled with two unwanted roommates… an unemployed dancer (Marsha Mason) and her precocious 10-year-old daughter (Quinn Cummings). It’s loath at first sight for this odd couple plus one, but, as in all good romantic comedies, love conquers all before “The End.” Neil Simon later adapted his wisecracking screenplay into a Broadway musical starring Bernadette Peters and Martin Short. (1977) 110 Min.
July 26 12 ANGRY MEN (MGM) Henry Fonda is the lone holdout on a jury during a murder trial. There are 11 “guilty” votes, but juror #8 thinks their verdict may have been reached in haste. Can he convince his fellow jurors to reconsider before passing sentence, as a man’s life hangs in the balance? A kinescope version of Reginald Rose’s economical script was made for TV in 1954. Fonda himself co-produced this expanded film version, which turned out to be an auspicious directional debut for Sidney Lumet. It remains compelling and provocative today, Your Honor. (1957) 95 Min.
August 2 BONNIE AND CLYDE (Warner Bros.) Meet Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. They rob banks. Explosive (if romanticized) crime drama, set during the Depression, follows the Barrow gang’s crime sprees from Kansas to Texas. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were blessed with their juiciest roles yet, but Oscars® went to the cinematography and to supporting actress Estelle Parsons. A career launcher for Parsons, it also showcased another newcomer, Gene Wilder. Director Arthur Penn made his mark with one of the most influential movies of the 1960’s and that legendary climax became the stuff of cinematic lore. (1967) 111 Min.