Cool classics screened hot afternoons at Westport Library
Published 2:03 pm, Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Westport Library will launch a Thursday-afternoon summer film series July 25 with a screening of the 1988 romantic comedy "Crossing Delancy."
Each Thursday through Aug. 22, the library will screen a feature film at 2 p.m. in the McManus Room. All of the films -- most of them lighthearted -- were box office hits when released.
Cool drinks will be available, and a short introduction program will precede each film, the library said. All the films are free and open to the public.
"Crossing Delancy" stars Amy Irving as a young, New York bookstore employee named Isabelle, whose match-making Jewish grandmother can't decide between two marriage prospects for her.
The rest of the series is as follows:
Aug. 1: "Sideways," a 2004 comedy starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Hayden Church as two men who take a trip to California wine country, sampling both vintages and women -- just before one of them is scheduled to be married.
Aug. 8: "M.A.S.H.," the 1970 classic black comedy about a mobile Army surgical hospital during the Korean War that inspired the long-running TV series. Directed by Robert Altman, the film stars Elliot Gould and Donald Southerland as a pair of irreverent surgeons who thumb their noses at military protocol.
Aug. 15: "Death Becomes Her," the 1992 comedy starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as long-term rivals who flirt with immortality to outdo each other while competing for the affections of a plastic surgeon played by Bruce Willis.
Aug. 22: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," the 1947 film version of the classic James Thurber short story. Danny Kaye stars as the title character, whose daydreams propel him into fantastic adventures. Co-stars include Virginia Mayo, Boris Karloff and Fay Bainter.
For more information, call the Westport Library at 203-291-4800, or visit westportlibrary.org