Summer 2004 at the NC Museum of Art

All films are at 9:00 pm except where noted

*Box Office (919) 715-5923*

Complete concert information, ticket prices and map to the museum at: ncartmuseum.org

 

$6 ($4 NCMA members) General admission for films. Film-concert combination ticket prices vary.
$3 Children ages 2–12
Grass Passes valid for 10 admissions $40 ($30 NCMA members)

A summertime tradition for thousands of film lovers, the NCMA's Movies on the Lawn offers one of the Triangle's unique entertainment experiences! Bring a blanket and picnic, and enjoy a classic film outdoors on the big screen. Note: as of July 1, 2004, guests will not be allowed to bring any alcoholic beverages to Park Theater events. However, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 15:

Winged Migration (2001) Directed by Jacques Perrin (89 min) G

Indulge in the ultimate fantasy of flying like a bird in this airborne documentary by the director of Microcosmos. Five crews spent 3 years in 40 countries on land, sea, and especially in the air capturing flapping and soaring with unprecedented intimacy. Migratory Bird Day at the NCMA concludes with this awe-inspiring cinematic flight.

Friday, May 21:

A Mighty Wind (2003) Directed by and starring Christopher Guest, with Eugene Levy, Catharine O’Hara, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean (89 min) PG-13 for sex-related humor

Mockumentarian Christopher Guest takes his satirical scalpel to 1960s folk singers in a faux reunion concert of the jovial Folksmen, squeaky-clean New Main Street Singers and the wistful Mitch and Mickey, who sing the Oscar nominated (for real) “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow.”

 

Friday, June 4:

Modern Times (1936) Written, directed, scored by and starring Charles Chaplin, with Paulette Goddard (87 min).

Charles Chaplin bids farewell to both his Little Tramp character and the silent era in this hilarious film with serious undertones, as two non-conformists, a factory worker and a gamine, search for happiness in an increasingly soulless society. Charlie Chaplin was once the most famous person in the world, the first international media celebrity. His comedies are funny and wildly inventive, but at the same time do not flinch from social commentary portraying the down and out world that he had known too well. Film Notes for Modern Times.

 

Friday, June 11:

Bend it Like Beckham (2003) Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightly (112 min) PG-13 for language and thematic elements

Jessminder feels stifled by her conservative Sikh family in London, but blooms on the soccer field where she dreams of emulating the pro career of her idol, footballer David Beckham. Exuberant music by the likes of hot South Asian producer Bally Sagoo accompanies Jess as she pursues a dream that does not include either learning to make perfect round chapatis or wearing a Wonderbra.

Saturday, June 12:

School of Rock (2003) Directed by Richard Linklater. Jack Black, Joan Cusack (108 min) PG-13 for rude humor

A fiery disciple of the church of rock ‘n’ roll, Dewey Finn falls into his roommate’s substitute teacher gig and takes a classroom full of private school high achievers into a parallel universe. Black’s energy is infectious and Cusack his perfect foil as an uptight principal with a secret yen for the music of Stevie Nicks. Remember: “It’s not about the grade.”

 

Friday, June 18:

The Disney Corporation has withdrawn Freaky Friday in the hopes you will contribute to the opening weekend gross of their new live action film. Please, don't! The NCMA will have a free showing of the modern classic The Princess Bride, instead.

Friday, June 25:

Lost in Translation (2003) Directed by Sofia Coppola. Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson (102 min) R for some sexual content

Jet lag, a mysterious language and the glow of neon-stained Tokyo unites a restless young woman and a wry middle aged movie star at a posh hotel. Coppola’s intimate film is about disorientation, self-restraint and a connection between two yearning souls.

Friday, July 9:

Something's Gotta Give (2003) Written and Directed by Nancy Myers. Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves. (124 min) PG-13 for sex and language

A smart and sassy screwball comedy about a worldly playwright who thinks she’s finished with romance but finds herself falling for her daughter’s 60-ish reprobate boyfriend. Keaton captures the prickly surprise of awakening love with an unlikely object of affection, the leering, but vulnerable, Nicholson.

Saturday, July 10, 7:00 pm

The Triplets of Belleville (2003) Written and Directed by Sylvain Chomet (80 min) PG-13 for rude and amphibian-related humor.

The love for classic American animation, the comic French iconoclast Jacques Tati and the silent films of Buster Keaton infuse this idiosyncratic French import with whimsy, tart observations and le jazz hot. A devoted granny, a boy who loves to cycle and three has-been cabaret artistes make cartoon magic. Preceded by the first--and only--American concert by Les Primitifs du Futur, whose infectious repetoire of "parisiano-jazzistico-musette" invents with "amour and humour" a lost Paris more "realiste et poetique" than the original. Allons-y!

Friday, July 16, 8:30 pm

Big Fish (2003) Directed by Tim Burton. Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange (125 min) PG-13 for mature themes.

Fathers, sons and a gallery of tall tales reach the screen courtesy of Chapel Hill author Daniel Wallace and fabulist Tim Burton. A garrulous liar, whose charm is lost on his charmless son, is petitioned for the truth about his life as he lays dying. There wasn’t really a giant, a werewolf, a witch and that Big Fish…was there? Meet the author and have him sign a copy of his novel Big Fish for you before the film.

Saturday, July 17, 7:00 pm

Concert for George (2003) Directed by David Leland (146 minutes) PG-13 for risque humor

Friends and family of George Harrison gathered for a filmed concert to remember him on the first anniversary of his death. The Beatles, the Pythons, Eric Clapton and Ravi Shankar are among the luminaries in this warm tribute to a musical legend. Preceded by a concert by Beatles tribute band, the Spongetones.

Friday, July 23:

Rushmore (1998) Directed by Wes Anderson. Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams (93 min) R for language

A preppy private school becomes a battleground for the romantic rivalry between 15 year old overachiever Max and Blume, a morose philanthropist played by the sublime Bill Murray. Their alienation is set to a quirky 60s pop soundtrack in this off-kilter and endearing tale.

Saturday, July 24, 7:00 pm

Step Into Liquid (2003) Written and Directed by Dana Brown. (88 min) PG for language

Dana Brown, son of surf film guru Bruce Brown, documents a 21st century endless summer as a sun-baked progression of dedicated surfers brave the waves the world over. Heart-pounding film footage allows you to join this shoeless international tribe of dudes as they skim monster ocean swells. Preceded by a concert by super cool surf band The Slackmates.

Friday, July 30 7:00 pm

The Disney Corporation has withdrawn Finding Nemo in the hopes you will contribute to the theatrical gross of their new animated film. Please, don't! The NCMA will be showing the original Spy Kids instead. Preceded by a concert by Grammy-winning family entertainers Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxter.

Friday, August 6, 7:00 pm:

Harder They Come (1973) Written and Directed by Perry Henzell. Jimmy Cliff, Janet Barkley (120 minutes)

A country boy tangles with the corrupt record business and ganja gang wars in this midnight movie classic. Jimmy Cliff introduced reggae to an international audience and paved the way for icon Bob Marley. Cliff performs 4 songs and the Melodians, Toots and the Maytals and other Jamaican superstars contribute to the score, which includes “Rivers of Babylon” “Many Rivers to Cross” and “Pressure Drop.” Preceded by a concert by Jamaican-born singer Donovan Carless and The Posse.

Saturday, August 7, 8:30 pm:

Speedy (1928) Directed by Ted Wilde. Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff and Babe Ruth (as himself) (85 min).

The Alloy Orchestra brings an iconoclastic sensibility to their accompaniment of silent film classics. State of the art electronica as well as their “rack of junk,” musical saws and everything in between contribute to the magnificent quirkiness of their scores. Terry Donahue (percussion, musical saw, accordion), Ken Winokur (percussion and clarinet) and Roger C. Miller (synthesizer) are brilliant musicians uniquely simpatico to the spirit of the silent era.

Harold Lloyd’s last silent film pits a greedy railway conglomerate against Pop Dillon and his modest business, the last horse drawn trolley in New York. Fast-paced and packed with gags, Speedy is both stylish and sweet, and photographed on location in the NYC of nearly 70 years ago. This gorgeous print comes from the original negative, via the Harold Lloyd estate. The final chase as Speedy’s horse car weaves precariously through teeming urban traffic is among the most thrilling in movie history. Film Notes for Speedy.

 

Saturday, August 14 at 9:00 pm

Cold Mountain (2003) Directed by Anthony Minghella. Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger (152 min) R for violence and sex.

Inman walks away from the brutality of Civil War combat towards Ada, his ain true love, waiting in idyllic Cold Mountain, NC. Charles Frazier’s novel and Minghella’s film portray the South, lurching towards defeat, unsentimentally, as a world of hunger and fear. Zellweger’s Oscar-winning Ruby is a welcome tonic of comic relief.

Friday, August 20 at 8:30 pm

Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) Directed by Gore Verbinski. Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley. (140 min) PG-13 for action violence

Fabulous Johnny Depp channels his inner swashbuckler--Errol Flynn with a touch of sunstroke--in this rousing and funny yo ho ho of an adventure yarn. A crew of skeletal buccaneers, led by the deliciously hammy Rush, menace a feisty damsel in distress in this popcorn movie well worth its (sea) salt.

Lord of the Rings Marathon!

Thursday, August 26 at 8:30 pm The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) (178 min) PG-13
Friday, August 27 at 8:30 pm The Two Towers (2002) (179 min) PG-13
Saturday, August 28 at 8:30 pm The Return of the King (2003) (201 min) PG-13

Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortenson, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett

Director Peter Jackson brings J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece gloriously to the screen in this Oscar-winning juggernaut. Frodo is entrusted with the One Ring in The Fellowship and begins his epic quest. In The Two Towers, the Fellowship has been shattered and Frodo and Sam journey to Mordor alone to destroy the One Ring. The final battle for Middle Earth looms in The Return, as Frodo & Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.

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$6 ($4 NCMA members) General admission for films. Film-concert combination ticket prices vary.
$3 Children ages 2–12
Grass Passes valid for 10 admissions $40 ($30 NCMA members)

A summertime tradition for thousands of film lovers, the NCMA's Movies on the Lawn offers one of the Triangle's unique entertainment experiences! Bring a blanket and picnic, and enjoy a classic film outdoors on the big screen. Note: as of July 1, 2004, guests will not be allowed to bring any alcoholic beverages to Park Theater events. However, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

All films are at 9:00 pm except where noted

*Box Office (919) 715-5923*

Complete concert information, ticket prices and map to the museum at: ncartmuseum.org