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Block Cinema Summer 2009 Outdoor Film Calendar

June 24, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Block Cinema, a collaboration of the Northwestern University School of Communication and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, will team up with the Norris Center for Student Involvement and the University’s Summer Session to present an outdoor movie series this summer.

The free outdoor films (June 24 through Aug. 12) will be screened at dusk (around 9 p.m.) on the east lawn of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive. Filmgoers are welcome to bring their own chairs or blankets.

In the event of rain, screenings will be held at Norris University Center’s McCormick Auditorium, 1999 Campus Drive.

For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or go to the Block Cinema Web site at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/blockcinema.


“Young Mr. Lincoln,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 (John Ford, 1939, United States, 100 minutes).
It is the 70th anniversary of “Young Mr. Lincoln,” John Ford’s ode to the old Midwest. Henry Fonda, in a brilliant performance, stars as a 23-year-old Abe Lincoln. Ford, a director known for his love of everyday details and mythic turning points, portrays Lincoln in all capacities, from judging a pie-making contest to defending a man against murder.

“Iron Man,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 (Jon Favreau, 2008, United States, 126 minutes). “Iron Man” managed to be both family-friendly and one of the best superhero movies of recent memory. Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark, a billionaire playboy and genius inventor, who runs his own weapons manufacturing company. When terrorists capture him, he reinvents himself as the Iron Man and begins to question his love for innovation and devotes more time to fighting for justice.

“The Wizard of Oz,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 (Victor Fleming, 1939, United States, 101 minutes). Dorothy, a Midwest farm girl, has always dreamt of going someplace. Her wish is answered when her farmhouse -- with her inside -- is swept off by a tornado. Suddenly she finds herself a hero in the magical Technicolor Land of Oz. But how will she and her growing entourage of motley friends make it home? The screening celebrates the 70th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz.”

“WALL-E,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 (Andrew Stanton, 2008, United States, 98 minutes).
WALL-E is the last of the trash-compacting robots left on a post-human Earth. His job: to clean up the toxic garbage polluting Earth’s surface. His loneliness is expertly depicted in nearly 20 minutes of footage without dialogue -- a homage to the great silent comedies. When circumstances lead WALL-E off the planet and across the galaxy, he goes on the adventure of a lifetime with a starship full of people and robots. WALL-E proves that love is universal, whether your heart beats or beeps!

“The Third Man,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 (Carol Reed, 1949, United Kingdom, 104 minutes). Holly Martins, played by Joseph Cotten, arrives in a post-World War II weary Vienna to take a job offered by his friend Harry Lime -- except Harry is dead. Vienna, at the time divided among the four conquering nations, is riddled with confusion, and Martins struggles to weave together Harry’s story. The film was adapted from Graham Greene’s novel, “The Third Man,” and features a towering performance by Orson Welles.

“Kung Fu Panda,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 (Mark Osborne and John Stevenson, 2008, United States, 92 minutes). By day, Po is just another rotund giant panda who serves noodles at his father’s restaurant, but by night, he dreams of becoming a kung-fu master. When he blunders into a martial arts tournament and is anointed the “Dragon Warrior,” Po is given the task of protecting the temple against a former Dragon Warrior-in-training who wants revenge against his former master. Po puts his heart into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses are his greatest strengths.

“Kind Hearts and Coronets,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 (Robert Hamer, 1949, United Kingdom, 106 minutes)
. A gem of dark, dry humor, “Kind Hearts and Coronets” tells the story of Louis D'Ascoynes, the would-be Duke of Chalfont whose mother was disowned by her titled family for marrying an Italian opera singer. Determined to avenge his mother’s unjust disinheritance, Louis sets off on an inventive killing spree. Playing all of the eight remaining relatives who stand in Louis’ way is Alec Guinness. This concoction of wit and absurdity is one of the best of the Ealing Studios comedies.
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