July 01, 2017

Friday Night Films: July

The Friday Night Films Series has shown 170 films from 18 countries such as the USA, Mongolia, France, Spain, Denmark, and Sweden. The Friends of the Ashland Public Library pay for the Public Viewing License, and film goers' optional donations provide the funds for the movies, which then become part of the library's collection. Most films are shown closed captioned.
Films begin at 7:00pm in the Community Room on the lower level of the library.


July 7 Casablanca (USA) PG 1 hour 43 minutes

Leonard Maltin: “The best Hollywood movie of all time.”

Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Vedt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre

Directed by Michael Curtiz. Produced by Hal Wallis. Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch from a play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison. Music by Max Steiner.

A Czech Resistance leader looks to a cynical American nightclub owner for passage out of WWII Morocco. The complication is Ilsa, loved by both men.

Winner of three Academy Awards, Best Picture (1943), Best Director, Best Screenplay.

(Privately owned film.)


July 14 Bread and Tulips (Italian) PG-13 1 hour 46 minutes

A wife and mother is left behind at a rest stop while on a bus tour with her family. When they don't notice her absence, she spontaneously goes to Venice where she is charmed by the city and her new-found freedom. This is the third showing of this film in the last ten years because it is such a warm, sweet comedy. Licia Maglietta and Bruno Ganz.

Donatello Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director (2000).

“Two delighted thumbs up,” Ebert & Roeper.

(Privately owned film.)


July 21 American Graffiti (USA) PG 1 hour 53 minutes

Breakout roles for Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Suzanne Somers.

Directed by George Lucas, produced by Francis Ford Coppola.

A group of teenagers cruise the streets on their last summer night before leaving for college. Nominated for five Academy Awards (1973). Buddy Holly, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley & His Comets soundtrack with Wolfman Jack.


July 28 Italian for Beginners (Danish/Italian) 1 hour 37 minutes

Seven strangers sign up for a class in Italian to perk up their mundane lives and then get the idea to go as group to Venice. A charming romantic comedy, unique characters. Third showing in ten years.

“Fun & filled with warm humor,” Roger Ebert.
“Sweetly sexy, funny, and touching!” Rolling Stone.”
Los Angeles Times“Charming,”
“Seductive!” Newsday.
“Delightful!” People.

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