At one point, I checked the time code on Netflix and saw that the movie had over forty minutes to go. I visibly winced.
Great movies under the stars for free. The lineup has been released for this summer's 10th annual Chicago Outdoor Film Festival, presented by the Mayor's Office of Special Events and programmed by the Chicago Film Office. In honor of two recently passed movie giants, Paul Newman in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and director Sydney Pollack's "Tootsie" are included. And a John Ford classic will screen in honor of the Abraham Lincoln centenary.
Films begin at sunset on seven Tuesdays between July 14 and Aug. 25, in Grant Park at Monroe and Lake Shore Dr. Crowds begin arriving earlier, bringing blankets, picnics and lawn chairs for what has become an annual ritual.
As before, projection wizard James Bond will display the films flawlessly on his giant 25' x 58' screen.
This year's schedule:
July 21: Leo McCarey's "Duck Soup," (1933) with the Marx Brothers and Margaret Dumont.
July 28: Richard Brooks' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1950) with Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor.
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