This summer, Block Cinema, a collaboration of the Northwestern University School of Communication and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus, will team up with the Norris Center for Student Involvement, A & O Productions and the University’s Summer Session to present an outdoor movie series that will include the film music of Harold Arlen. The Arlen films will be presented in association with the Chicago Humanities Festival.
The free outdoor films will be projected onto the exterior north wall of Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus. Viewers may bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. All films will be screened at 9 p.m.
Rain sites: In the event of inclement weather, screenings scheduled for June 22 through July 13 will be held at Norris University Center’s McCormick Auditorium, 1999 Campus Drive. Screenings scheduled for July 20 through Aug. 24 will be moved indoors in the Block Museum’s James B. Pick and Rosalyn M. Laudati Auditorium.
For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or go to the Block Cinema Web site at http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/blockcinema.
SUMMER 2005 OUTDOOR MOVIES
80s Night, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 (John Hughes, 1986, United States, 102 minutes, video). Ferris Bueller, America’s most resourceful teenager, struggles to take it easy one last time before he becomes an adult. No one has skipped school with this much joie de vivre and concern for his friends.
Summer, “The Incredibles,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 (Brad Bird, 2004, United States, 121 minutes, video). America’s litigious society forces superheroes and their families into hiding in the suburbs, but when you are Mr. Incredible, it is difficult to hide and even harder not to be yourself.
50th Anniversary, “Night of the Hunter,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 (Charles Laughton, 1995, United States, 93 minutes, video). A nightmarish sort of Mother Goose tale, “Night of the Hunter” tells the story of two orphaned children who hide $10,000 from a sleepy-eyed preacher and serial killer -- played to perfection by Roger Mitchum.
Summer, “Finding Neverland,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 (Marc Forester, 2004, United States, 106 minutes, video). While avoiding writing, playwright J.M. Barrie befriends a widow and her four sons who inspire him to create Peter Pan. With stirring performances from Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie and Dustin Hoffman.
50th Anniversary, “Rebel Without a Cause” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 (Nicholas Ray, 1955, United States, 111 minutes, video). A movie about teenage angst and juvenile delinquency, “Rebel Without a Cause” captures James Dean’s bigger-than-life bravado and childlike fragility.
THE FILM MUSIC OF HAROLD ARLEN
The Film Music of Harold Arlen will be screened in association with the Chicago Humanities Festival. Arlen wrote some of the great songs of the 1930s and 1940s. Born Hyman Arluck in Buffalo, N.Y., Arlen dropped out of high school to become a musician. Teaming up with lyricist Ted Koehler, Arlen’s first hit was “Get Happy” -- in his words, “a noisy song.” That same year, at the age of 25, Arlen and Koehler landed jobs as staff composers for Harlem’s Cotton Club. Arlen spent four years there, writing songs such as “I’ve Got the World on a String” for Cab Calloway and Ethel Waters. Not long after, he was commissioned to write the score for “The Wizard of Oz.” With 400 songs to his credit, Arlen is one of America’s great songwriters.
Arlen, “Wizard of Oz,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 (Victor Fleming, 1939, United States, 101 minutes, video). A nasty tornado uproots Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) and her entire house casting her into a Technicolor world full of strange creatures and fantastic backdrops. With a new set of friends, Dorothy sets out to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West and find a way home to Kansas.
Arlen, “Cabin in the Sky,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 (Vincente Minnelli, 1943, United States, 98 minutes, video). Vincente Minnelli’s debut as a director features some of America’s greatest voices -- Ethel Waters, Lena Horne and Louis Armstrong. “Cabin in the Sky” is the simple story of Heaven and Hell’s struggle for one man’s soul.
Arlen, “A Star is Born,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10 (George Cukor, 1954, United States, 176 minutes, video). Judy Garland’s successful comeback film, “A Star is Born” will break your heart with its melodrama; James Mason’s gives a great performance. Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin had Garland’s dynamic voice in mind when they wrote “The Man that Got Away.”
Arlen, “Macao,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 (Josef von Sternberg, 1952, United States, 81 minutes, video). Josef von Sternberg’s last motion picture, “Macao” boasts a masterful composition and careful set design and cinematography. Arlen contributed his song “One for My Baby” to this noir tale of international crime in a Macao casino.
Arlen, “Kismet,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 (William Dieterle, 1944, United States, 100 minutes, video). Shot in Technicolor, “Kismet” weaves the stories of Hafiz, the king of beggars, his beautiful daughter and the Prince of Baghdad. Arlen wrote two songs for this lush musical filled with gorgeous disguises and mistaken identities.