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The Anticipation Almanac: Movies

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Rooftop Films  

Outdoor Movies*

*The non–déjà vu variety.

Seeing movies outdoors in New York is a freakish luxury, but with annual screenings of the same old classics (Manhattan again?), the experience has become, for many, predictable. Luckily, amid this summer’s repeats, there are a few surprises:

Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, July 1
Films on the Green Festival, Tompkins Square Park
Low on dialogue and high on visual gags, Jacques Tati’s 1953 vacation flick is a seasonally appropriate farce about a city slicker who struggles to chillax at the beach.

West Side Story Dance and Sing-Along, July 21
Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park
If you’re going to trot out a gold-plated New York classic, have some fun with it. Sondheim’s lyrics will be projected karaoke style, and a dance instructor will lead gangs of fans.

The Lady Eve, July 25
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
One of the sassiest love stories of all time, Preston Sturges’s The Lady Eve is also a thoroughly modern vacation classic in which Barbara Stanwyck is a grifter who has Henry Fonda in her crosshairs.

Rooftop Films, through August 20
The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus
This summer’s slate of eclectic new shorts and features will conclude with the late war photographer Tim Hetherington’s heartbreaking, impressionistic documentary, Diary.
— L.H.


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