‘Flicks on Bricks’ film and wine series opens Aug. 7 with ‘North by Northwest’

The eighth annual “Flicks on the Bricks” movies and wine series on the Athenaeum’s outdoor patio at 1008 Wall St. will feature “four memorable films and delightful summer wine pairings selected by Barbara Baxter,” according to organizers.

Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Each screening starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays in August.

Tickets are available at ljathenaeum.org/specialevents.html or by calling 858-454-5872. Cost is $60 members/$80 nonmembers for four films and four wine tastings, or $17 and $22 for each individual film.

Aug. 7: “North by Northwest”

(1959, 136 min) The apotheosis of Alfred Hitchcock’s Hollywood career stars Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint in a classic thriller.

Aug. 14: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

(1962, 129 min) Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical novel was translated to film in 1962 by Horton Foote and the producer/director team of Robert Mulligan and Alan J. Pakula. Set a small Alabama town in the 1930s, the story focuses on lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) who puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape. The trial and events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch’s 6-year-old daughter, Scout (Mary Badham).

Aug. 21: “Singin’ in the Rain”

(1952, 103 min) Hollywood, 1927: The silent-film romantic team of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) is the toast of Tinseltown. While the pair personify smoldering passions onscreen, in real life Lockwood can’t stand the egotistical, brainless Lina. He prefers the company of aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), whom he meets while escaping his screaming fans.

Aug. 28: “The Thomas Crown Affair”

(1999, 113 min) When a priceless Monet painting is stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the police find themselves wondering which world-class art thief pulled the job. What they don’t know is that the thief was an amateur, Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan). With his sharp business sense and ruthless ambition, Crown has become a self-made billionaire; he steals art not for the profits but for the excitement. Investigator Catherine Banning (Rene Russo) is brought in to track down the culprit.

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