Summer Classic Films: Audience Choice (scroll down for details of this week’s films in the previous blog)

We asked for suggestions to add an additional film to the schedule, and you responded enthusiastically! From your suggestions, we picked three very different films for you to choose from. Now is your chance to vote on which one will play on Sept 14. Admission for this show will be just $2. Vote by leaving a comment below or on Facebook. Voting ends June 15, and the film choices are:

“Touch of Evil is a 1958 American crime thriller, a stark perverse story of murder, kidnapping and corruption in a Mexican border town. Written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles Along with Welles, the cast includes Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, and Marlene Dietrich. The film opens with a three-minute, twenty-second tracking shot widely considered by critics as one of the greatest long takes in cinematic history. “Touch of Evil” is one of the last examples of film noir in the genre’s classic era (from the early 1940s until the late 1950s)

In “Pillow Talk, playboy composer Rock Hudson and interior-decorator Doris Day are obliged to share a telephone party line. Naturally, their calls overlap at the least opportune times, and just as naturally, this leads to Hudson and Day despising each other without ever having met in person. In a cute but convenient coincidence, Doris’ boy friend is Tony Randall, who also happens to be Hudson’s best pal. Thus Hudson gets a glimpse at Day, and it’s love at first sight. To avoid revealing that he’s her telephone rival, Hudson poses as a wealthy Texan and turns the charm on Day. But when he starts pitching woo, Day instantly recognizes all the “make-out” lines Hudson has used on the phone with his other conquests. Pillow Talk is still one of the best of the frothy Doris Day-Rock Hudson vehicles; it made a fortune at the box office and garnered five Oscar nominations.

Based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water. One early summer night on fictional Atlantic resort Amity Island, Chrissie decides to take a moonlight skinny dip while her friends party on the beach. Yanked suddenly below the ocean surface, she never returns. When pieces of her wash ashore, Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) suspects the worst, but Mayor Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), mindful of the lucrative tourist trade and the approaching July 4th holiday, refuses to put the island on a business-killing shark alert.

Let us know your choice in comments below!

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