Between Memorial Day and Labor Day comes the summer movie season, a once sleepy three months that now accounts for the majority of studio income: a season of loud sequels, tired remakes, and aggressive family entertainment that most serious movie-goers go out of their way to avoid. (Not all summer smashes are bad, of course — Jaws, the first and the best, returns to the Dryden on July 20 and 22 in all its claustrophobic Panavision glory in an original Technicolor print.) To combat the blockbuster blahs, this year the Dryden will be spending the Summer Abroad. We’ll go to England with Dustin Hoffman; discover romance in Venice with Katharine Hepburn; celebrate bawdy comedy with Ingmar Bergman; help Audrey Hepburn find her Gregory Peck; and follow two California wave-chasers around the world.
Tuesday, July 10, 8 p.m..
(David Lean, US/UK 1955, 100 min.)
Tuesday, July 17, 8 p.m..
Smiles of a Summer Night
(Sommarnattens leende, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 1955, 108 min., Swedish w/ subtitles)
Tuesday, July 24, 8 p.m..
(Sam Peckinpah, US/UK 1971, 118 min.)
Tuesday, July 31, 8 p.m..
The Endless Summer
(Bruce Brown, US 1966, 95 min.)
Tuesday, August 4, 8 p.m..
(William Wyler, US 1953, 118 min.)